A Personal Matter Test | Final 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 was the adventure that Bird recalls having with the person in #164?

2. What name does Bird give the baby at the hospital?

3. Why is the name in #113 significant for Bird?

4. What makes the baby start to cry uncontrollably in the car?

5. Which of the following does NOT describe Bird's wife when he sees her?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Bird's burden somehow lightened when he finally accepts responsibility for his son?

2. What is the content of the letter which Bird received at his job?

3. What are some of the negative and positive reminders that Bird receives about the possibilities for his future?

4. What is the symbolism of Himiko's repeatedly getting lost on the way to the clinic?

5. Describe the motif of fear in the book and how Bird transcends it after talking with Kikuhiko.

6. What reason does Bird give Himiko for taking the baby back to the hospital for the operation?

7. How are Bird and Delchef in contrast regarding their attitudes toward responsibility?

8. What temporarily squelches Bird's desire for sex with Himiko?

9. What does Bird's encounter with Kikuhiko point out to Bird?

10. What instruction does Bird give the doctor regarding the baby's dwindling condition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A PERSONAL MATTER is a classic story of loss and renewal. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Coming of age is an important theme in A PERSONAL MATTER. Can you cite an example to support this theme? Name two other themes and cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two characters who either embody or experience disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.

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