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. Who is the man that pays alimony for two marriages at Nathan's class reunion?

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

3. What is the name of the family that Merry says she stays with when visiting New York in Chapter 3?

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

5. What does Merry become temporarily interested in as a child that is associated with her grandmother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the nature of the description of Newark Maid Leatherware?

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

8. How does Swede describe glove making to the narrator in Chapter 1?

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

10. Swede reads about bombs over five years after Rita's visit that remind him of Merry. How are they described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the portrayal of the family structure in the book. What might the author be saying about the typical portrayal of the family structure based on his depiction of Swede's family?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the irony of the outcome of Swede's life. What can be responsible for the obstacles present in Swede's life to explain for the tragedy surrounding his home life?

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