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 is the postal convenience center close to?

2. What is the name of the first story that Kurt demonstrates with a line graph?

3. According to Kurt, what is a couple really saying to each other when they have an argument?

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

5. How long has it taken humanity to destroy the planet?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Kurt feel about being an artist?

6. Who was Emma Lazarus?

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

8. How did age affect Kurt's upbringing?

9. What advice does Kurt have for readers about creative writing?

10. What marketing tip does Kurt give readers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay comparing Kurt Vonnegut to another humorist, such as Mark Twain. Using the example of at least one book from each author, compare style, message, and philosophical standpoint with special attention given to similarities.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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