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. Where is the newsstand that Kurt goes to?

2. What was there a large number of on the radio?

3. What did the Victorians not discuss?

4. How much older is Kurt's sister than he?

5. What is Kurt going to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was important to Kurt while he was growing up?

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

3. How does Kurt feel about being an artist?

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

5. What era did Kurt grow up in?

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

7. What marketing tip does Kurt give readers?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay comparing American literature to the literature of another country, such as France or Germany. Be sure to note differences or similarities in:

1) Theme.

2) Politics.

3) Optimism vs pessimism.

4) Influence upon global philosophy.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the subject of increasing divorce rates. Be sure to address:

1) Trends and statistics in divorce in the industrialized and non-industrialized world.

2) Kurt Vonnegut's theories regarding divorce.

3) Your thoughts on the future of divorce and marriage.

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