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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. Basie doubts Oscar has a case, but leaves doing what?

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

3. Why does Mother resent Thomas' marriage to Giulielma?

4. When does Jonathan Livingston change his name to Constantine Kiester?

5. Oscar has not seen the movie but has heard and read the hero has what, which can hardly be a coincidence?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what do both Oscar and Trish want to sue?

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

3. How does the reader first meet Trish Hemsley?

4. How and why does Basie interrupt the reading of the script?

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

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

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

8. What is explained about the slave, Israel? What are both the Major, Kane, and William's thoughts regarding this discussion?

9. What do Pai and Oscar do after Oscar's nap?

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

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

God has no place in law.

Part 1) Prove this statement to be true, according to the story.

Part 2) How else is religion woven throughout this story?

Part 3) What role does religion have in the decisions made by the characters? What might be the author's purpose for this?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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