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 ethnic group did Kurt's friend in Nigeria belong to?

2. Who built the first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine?

3. What is not an example of a 'crazy-making' game happening today?

4. When did Kurt ask Jane Marie Cox to marry him?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the timeline for the introduction of the internal combustion engine?

2. According to Kurt, what is the importance of an extended family compared to having a small family? Do you agree?

3. How did Kurt break new ground with his marriage?

4. How does Kurt feel about being an artist?

5. What does Kurt say humor is a response to?

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

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

8. What does Kurt say about what men and women want?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay that compares and contrasts two wars in American history. Be sure to focus upon:

1) Rationale for the wars.

2) Public support.

3) Resolution of the conflict.

4) Major similarities and differences between the two wars.

Essay Topic 2

Research and write a short essay on humanism, including the foundations of the belief, major contributors, and well-known adherents.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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