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 has 'beat the heck' out of Kurt Vonnegut?

2. Who demonstrated that catastrophes are funny?

3. What is humor a physiological response to?

4. What can Kurt not imagine a funny book about?

5. What can a prince do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Kurt's process for sending his work to his typist.

2. Who was Ned Ludd?

3. According to Kurt, why do more people get divorced today? Do you agree?

4. How does Kurt feel about the human race and their effect on nature?

5. Do you agree with Kurt's assessment that the human race is already doomed?

6. Why does Kurt smoke? What has his experience been with drugs?

7. What does Kurt say about prohibition and the war on drugs?

8. Who was Emma Lazarus?

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

10. How does Kurt feel about American socialists?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the effect of fossil fuels upon the environment and human history. Be sure to address:

1) Environmental perils of fossil fuels.

2) The importance of fossil fuels in human industrial development.

3) The future of fossil fuels.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on prohibition. Be sure to address:

1) Rationale for prohibition of alcohol and/or drugs, and the pros and cons of prohibition.

2) Perils and challenges of prohibition.

3) Lessons learned from past experiences with prohibition, and how they can be applied in the future.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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