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. In what year did Albert Camus win a Nobel Prize for literature?

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

3. When were Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti executed?

4. What does Kurt try not to do when he's being funny?

5. What is it improper to do to a soldier when he returns home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kurt say about Karl Marx's statements on religion?

2. What was Kurt's experience while writing "Slaughterhouse Five?" What was the key?

3. How does Kurt feel about being an artist?

4. What is the story of Hamlet? What story does Kurt compare it to?

5. How did age affect Kurt's upbringing?

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

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

8. What marketing tip does Kurt give readers?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the topic of mainstream culture, focusing on the formulaic aspect of books, movies, and so on. Be sure to address:

1) Common themes and formulas in mainstream culture.

2) The primary elements of mainstream culture and audience, and what makes something 'mainstream.'

3) The pros and cons of mainstream culture and art.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay that summarizes what you feel to be Kurt Vonnegut's political beliefs based on what you have read in "A Man Without A Country," with evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the importance of family. Be sure to address:

1) The changing nature of the mainstream family.

2) The importance of immediate and extended family in a modern society.

3) Pros and cons of small and large families.

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