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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what city has Beth taken a job?

2. What does Dave arrange to do with Sarah?

3. Who does Dave not want to see on a regular basis?

4. Where does Dave say his mother used to shop?

5. How does visiting Dave's childhood home make him feel?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What similarities in style and tone does Dave's memoir share with Might magazine?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the character of Toph.

1) How did the death of Toph's parents affect him?

2) How differently will Toph grow up without his parents?

3) What positive and negative effects has Dave had on Toph's life?

Essay Topic 3

Examine Eggers' writing style. How would you describe his prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? Does he use any specific writing techniques? What meaning does Eggers' style give to his story?

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