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 did one of Kurt's ancestors buy when he came to America?

2. What is the location for the first oil well in America?

3. Why is "Hamlet" a masterpiece?

4. What book series did Jill Krementz read when she was young?

5. Why can Kurt not stand primitive people?

Short Essay Questions

1. What era did Kurt grow up in?

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

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

4. What was Kurt's experience with Dresden?

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

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

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

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

9. Who was Emma Lazarus?

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 in an informal style that describes what it is like to pursue art as a career. The essay should focus upon:

1) Difficulties faced by those seeking to make money from art.

2) The chances of being able to make a comfortable living from art.

3) How you would feel if your children wanted to be professional artists.

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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