A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Who takes Dave to the hospital?

2. Who threatens suicide in this chapter?

3. What city does Dave return to in this chapter?

4. What woman comes to town in this chapter?

5. How did Dave friend's father kill himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dave's interview with the producer in Chapter 6.

2. How is Toph's life beginning to change in Chapter 8?

3. How does the Real Show eventually help Dave to promote the Might magazine?

4. Describe Dave's first exposure to hatred.

5. Why does Dave decide to apply for The Real World?

6. In what way is Toph still a big part of Dave's life?

7. Describe the wedding in Chapter 10.

8. What happens to Shalini in Chapter 9?

9. How does Dave deal with John in Chapter 7?

10. What does Dave do in Chicago in Chapter 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two of the following people and outline his/her influence on Dave Eggers' life:

1) Toph

2) His father

3) His mother

4) Beth

Essay Topic 2

Examine the role of an editor.

1) What is the role of a editor? What different kinds of editors are there?

2) How much say does an editor has with what goes into a publication?

3) In what way does Dave have the right characteristics to succeed as an editor?

Essay Topic 3

Examine Dave's influence on Toph.

1) What is Dave's philosophy about how to bring up Toph?

2) How would Dave change how he brought up Toph if he could do it again?

3) How different would Toph's life have been if he had lived with another one of his siblings?

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