A Man Without a Country Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Freud call laughless jokes?

2. What would Kurt ask when he gets to heaven?

3. How long ago was the first electric generator built?

4. How have humans destroyed the planet?

5. What is the youngest child in a family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kurt say about electronic communities? Do you agree?

2. What does Kurt say about computers? Do you agree?

3. Why do you think Kurt feels the way he does about technology?

4. What was Kurt's experience with Dresden?

5. What does Kurt state is the truth about life?

6. Who was Emma Lazarus?

7. What era did Kurt grow up in?

8. According to Kurt, what was the 'beginning of the end?'

9. What political undertones can you notice in this chapter?

10. According to Kurt, what is all great literature about? How does this make him feel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an informal essay on the importance and role of music in your life, and the lives of those around you. Discuss your favorite musical artists, and how their music influences you.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on Shakespeare and his influence on world culture. Be sure to address:

1) What makes Shakespeare such an important playwright.

2) Themes and subject matter addressed in Shakespeare's work.

Essay Topic 3

Write an persuasive essay on political power, with a focus on the effect of power on people who hold it. Points to address are:

1) Specific examples of the corrupting influence of power.

2) Your personal attitude towards having power over other people.

3) Recommendations for checks and balances over political power in a modern democracy.

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