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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 the narrator believe the tribute to Swede's father was a cover to hide?

2. Which of the following words does the narrator not use to describe the post-war energy of his neighborhood in Chapter 2?

3. How tall is Merry?

4. What military force does Swede join as a teenager?

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. What does Merry tell Swede she did while in Miami in Chapter 6?

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

3. What is the nature of Swede's memory of knocking Bill out on the football field?

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

5. What does Marcia remark about regarding social conditions in Chapter 8?

6. What is the nature of Swede's phone call with Rita at the beginning of Chapter 9?

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

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

9. How is Swede's time as a marine described in Chapter 5?

10. How are Merry's values as a Jain described in the book?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine the character Dawn. In what way did Dawn create her own depression by placing the blame on Merry's indiscretions?

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 Jerry and Swede. What is significant about the personality and moral differences in these two characters?

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