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. Who wrote "Democracy In America?"

2. How long would Kurt listen to the radio each day?

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

4. How did Albert Camus die?

5. What is Kurt's ancestry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who was Ned Ludd?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Kurt feel about being an artist?

9. Describe Kurt's process for sending his work to his typist.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the influence and effect of technology on the human race in the past and future. Be sure to address:

1) Benefits and dangers of technology.

2) Electronic communities and the future of socializing.

3) Whether or not you feel increasing technology is a positive trend, and why.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on prohibition. Be sure to address:

1) Rationale for prohibition of alcohol and/or drugs, and the pros and cons of prohibition.

2) Perils and challenges of prohibition.

3) Lessons learned from past experiences with prohibition, and how they can be applied in the future.

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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