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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Christina irritate Oscar, when talking about the scene?

2. Sitting with Basie, waiting for Oscar to finish physical therapy, Christina knows Oscar considers Basie as what?

3. Using only the newspapers of the day, what is Oscar showing?

4. How does Oscar reply when Basie interrupts to ask how Israel fits into his play?

5. In the next scene, Thomas intends to ignore what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the rambling, disjointed message that Trish leaves for Christina?

2. What happens in the next scene of Oscar's play?

3. How does Oscar become even more convinced the movie is based on his play? Of what does Harry warn him?

4. What does Oscar do when Harold Basie arrives?

5. Why is Trish suing to maintain support payments for her son?

6. Why does Oscar want invasion of privacy added to his complaint? Why does he want to add this?

7. What is wrong with Lily, when she enters the scene?

8. What does Thomas recall about war in this scene?

9. Why has Pai been having this discussion with Oscar? What does he want to know?

10. How does Kiester respond to this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Christina is frenzied and codependent.

Part 1) Why might she be this way? What makes this behavior escalate?

Part 2) How is this similar to Oscar's personality? How does it affect their relationship? Why does it affect their relationship?

Part 3) What affect does her personality have on Harry? Why does it have this affect?

Essay Topic 2

The title of the novel is "A Frolic of His Own."

Part 1) What is the meaning behind this title? How do you know this?

Part 2) If you could rename it, what would it be and why?

Part 3) How does this "frolic" affect the various characters? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Harry dies.

Part 1) How does Harry die? Is his death foreshadowed? Explain.

Part 2) How does his death affect the other characters? Why does it affect them this way?

Part 3) What is the purpose of Harry's death? Why would the author have him die?

Part 4) Compare and contrast aspects of Harry's life and death to that of Judge Crease's.

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