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 age is Merry when she and Swede are at a seaside cottage in the book?

2. What are both Swede and Merry described as being when they are returning from a seaside cottage in Chapter 3?

3. What does Rita say should happen to Swede for what he pays the workers in other countries to work in his factories?

4. What does the narrator say that the Jews that were familiar with hardship did not want to waste?

5. What does the narrator tell Jerry that the nostalgia of the reunion is least likely to present to explain why he came?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rita tell Swede that Merry says about him and her mother?

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

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

4. How does the narrator describe Swede's tribute to his father?

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

6. How are the adolescents in Nathan's neighborhood described in Chapter 2?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the role of the dinner party in the book. How do the events at the dinner party represent the crashing down of everything in Swede's life?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the role of stuttering in the book. What did Merry's bout with stuttering suggest about her mental health?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the character Merry. What is telling about the true nature of Merry based on her non-conformist choices like being militant or becoming a Jain?

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