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 trait is given to Dawn when she is first described in Chapter 4?

2. What kind of cancer did Nathan suffer from?

3. What does Jerry say Swede lacked and is what killed him when talking with Nathan at the class reunion?

4. What about Merry is Swede more patient and accepting of than her mother is?

5. Where does Merry meet political people and take on a secret life as a teenager?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does the narrator describe Swede and Merry at a seaside cottage and their return from it?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the character Lou Levov. What about Lou's upbringing influenced the way he raised his children and pushed his ideals on their lives?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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