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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. During what war time was Anne-Marie born?

2. The narrator's photography _____________ his way of observing life.

3. What body marks does the chubby woman on the train have?

4. From what sport is Billy retired?

5. At what type of business does Monsieur Jobs work?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has Philip's life changed from one of ease to one of extreme ambiguity and what could be considered a factor in his way of life now?

2. Why is the narrator leaving one city and what is his destination as the novel begins?

3. How does the meaning of "duration" vary for the narrator, Philip and Anne-Marie in the context of their lives?

4. What are the circumstances in which the narrator meets Philip Dean?

5. How does the author provide some foreshadowing of Philip's future?

6. Explain how the narrator gleans information for his stories about Philip and Anne-Marie.

7. How does the narrator's interaction with the Wheatlands in Paris force him to think about his life of solitude?

8. How does the author foreshadow Philip's death as he and Anne-Marie drive to the countryside?

9. Who are Cristina and Billy Wheatland?

10. What does the narrator find at Anne-Marie's that makes him think about how advantageous Philip is and whether he should warn Anne-Marie about Philip?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Salter is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses several instances of flashbacks in the story. Explain what a flashback is and cite at least two making sure to explain what makes each a flashback?

Essay Topic 3

A SPORT AND A PASTIME is a classic story of the search for identity and purpose. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

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