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 is Mendy's last name in the book?

2. Which of the following things does the narrator not say Swede's athletic talent obligated him to be?

3. What does the narrator say had not changed about Jerry besides his silly gait?

4. What kind of world does the narrator note that Swede has naturally incorporated himself into?

5. Where does Swede take his first wife to receive a facelift?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator describe the post-war energy of his neighborhood in Chapter 2?

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

3. How is Rita's first visit to the glove factory described?

4. What does Nathan reminisce about regarding his high school memories while preparing a speech for his reunion?

5. What reason does Nathan give Jerry for coming to the reunion?

6. What does the narrator say about the neighborhood's reason for idolizing Swede?

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

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

9. What does Swede remember about when Merry watched monks on TV?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, the author imparts some popular and groundbreaking events that occurred throughout 1960s culture.

Part 1) What role did groups like the Weathermen play in the book?

Part 2) What portrayal of the Vietnam War was the author able to put forward to give a true sense of the country's feelings about the war?

Part 3) What purpose did the author have for including so many references to 1960s culture in regard to setting a tone?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the character Dawn and Marcia. What do the differences in these two characters' ideologies suggest about the natures of their characters?

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