American Pastoral 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. How many years does Swede become preoccupied with "a gruesome inner life" concerning Merry in Chapter 4?

2. What does Rita tell Swede that she needs to get of Merry's during their first meeting?

3. Who is the man that pays alimony for two marriages at Nathan's class reunion?

4. The narrator notes what about his neighborhood as a youth?

5. What is the profession of the man who was killed in a bomb Merry set off in her hometown?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Nathan's interaction with his old girlfriend Joy at his class reunion.

2. What does Nathan say his working from home saves him from when talking with Jerry at the class reunion?

3. What does Jerry tell Nathan that his brother Swede had in spite of being a big success in Chapter 3?

4. How is Jerry described at the beginning of Chapter 3?

5. What does Nathan decide he will do to complete his story on Swede in Chapter 3?

6. What is the nature of the description of Newark Maid Leatherware?

7. Describe Rita and Swede's conversation after she reveals she is Merry's friend in Chapter 4?

8. What does Merry begin doing in New York as a teenager?

9. What happens when Merry asks Swede if he would kiss her as he did her mother when she was a young child?

10. How does Swede describe glove making to the narrator in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the portrayal of the structure of society in the book. What might the author be saying about social stereotypes based on his portrayal of Swede and his friends?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the portrayal of the family structure in the book. What might the author be saying about the typical portrayal of the family structure based on his depiction of Swede's family?

Essay Topic 3

Early in the story it becomes clear that the author has made use of a narrator to tell this story.

Part 1) What purpose might the author have for choosing to use a narrator to tell the story of Swede?

Part 2) What is that reader able to learn about the book's characters that they would not have because of the narrator?

Part 3) What clues are given to suggest that the author has used his own persona as the narrator of the story?

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