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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. When Harry calls Oscar, what advice does he give him?

2. When Oscar admits at least one instance of two substitutes fighting and killing one another exists, how does Pai respond?

3. Since when has Oscar been feeling terminal?

4. When Thomas recalls viewing his opponent and himself, how does he see them?

5. Basie finds dialogue between Kane and Thomas about justice familiar, and Oscar says it is from what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the complaint that is filed by Oscar?

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

3. What does Oscar think of Basie? Why does he keep him around?

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

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

6. What does Basie notice when Oscar reads dialogue between Kane and Thomas about justice? How does Oscar respond?

7. What does Lily do and say when she visits Oscar?

8. What does Lily think of Oscar's play so far?

9. How does Basie explain why members of Oscar's family are left out of the suit and the language is repetitious?

10. How does Oscar explain his accident?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oscar and Christina revert to childhood at the end of the novel.

Part 1) Are you surprised by this? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does this behavior reflect the personalities of these characters?

Part 3) Why does the author end the story this way? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Food is a minor theme.

Part 1) How is this a theme? What is the purpose of this theme?

Part 2) How does this connection with food reflect American society?

Part 3) How does food and one's belief in the purpose of food affect the characters? How does it affect people today?

Essay Topic 3

There is a comparison between the dialogue of plays to action in films.

Part 1) Describe dialogue in the play. Describe action in the film.

Part 2) How are dialogue and action compared? Why are they compared?

Part 3) How is this comparison revealed when Oscar sees the movie? What are his thoughts on dialogue in a play and action in a film? Why does he feel this way?

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