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. What does Swede's daughter do to the local post office and general store as a radical stunt?

2. What does an article about Merry say about her that Swede hates?

3. How are Swede's features described in Chapter 1?

4. What does Merry become temporarily interested in as a child that is associated with her grandmother?

5. Who is the recipient of a 14-year-old girl's kidney at Nathan's class reunion?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Merry's physical attributes described as she grows up?

2. What is the nature of Nathan's reminiscence about "The Kid from Tomkinsville"?

3. How does the narrator say Swede's grandfather became a glove manufacturer?

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

5. How does Rita taunt Swede sexually in Chapter 4?

6. What does one doctor say about Merry's stuttering in regard to her perfectionist family?

7. What is Nathan fascinated with in regard to his childhood culture?

8. What is the nature of Nathan's conversation with Ira at the high school reunion?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, one of the things given a great deal of detail is the author's portrayal of America.

Part 1) How does Swede's love of America reflect the sentiments of his neighborhood growing up?

Part 2) What do Merry's political beliefs as a young woman say about her feelings towards America?

Part 3) Does the author paint a favorable picture of America?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the portrayal of the Jewish neighborhood in the book. What importance did this culture have in Nathan and Swede's upbringing and future?

Essay Topic 3

One of the major factors to create Merry's militant actions is the impact of Swede's kiss to Merry as a child.

Part 1) What is telling of Merry based on her request that her father kiss her like he would her mother?

Part 2) What about Swede's sudden pullback after he had kissed Merry as a child could have caused her militant behavior later in life?

Part 3) What about Swede's inability to understand the impact his kiss had on Merry suggests he is unable to relate to others in his life?

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