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. At what age did Kurt start smoking?

2. What does a dog do when he can't get out of a gate?

3. What does 'endogamous' mean?

4. Who said that 'religion is the opium of the people?'

5. When did the first crack appear between English and German Americans?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did age affect Kurt's upbringing?

2. How does Kurt feel about American socialists?

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

4. What does Kurt make jokes about? What can he not make jokes about?

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

6. What marketing tip does Kurt give readers?

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

8. What does Kurt say is the most destructive drug of all? Do you agree?

9. What does Kurt describe about relations between English and Germans in America?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Write an essay on the Great Depression from an economic standpoint, examining its causes, effects, and solution. Be sure to address at least one of these points:

1) Political leadership and the Depression.

2) Differences and similarities between the Great Depression and recent economic crises in the United States.

3) The influence of the Great Depression on economics as a discipline.

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