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. Where does Rita first visit Swede in the book?

2. What does the narrator say Swede is untouched by after their first meeting to write a piece for Swede?

3. What is Swede's daughter's name?

4. How tall is Merry?

5. What does the narrator suggest Swede's manner in kissing Merry when returning from the seaside cottage did to her?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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