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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 is the name of the neighborhood in which Swede grew up?
2. What kind of world does the narrator note that Swede has naturally incorporated himself into?
3. What does Swede's daughter have to see a therapist for as a child?
4. What does the narrator say Swede is untouched by after their first meeting to write a piece for Swede?
5. What year did Nathan graduate from high school?
Short Essay Questions
1. What reason does Nathan give Jerry for coming to the reunion?
2. What does Merry begin doing in New York as a teenager?
3. What does Nathan decide he will do to complete his story on Swede in Chapter 3?
4. What does the narrator say about the neighborhood's reason for idolizing Swede?
5. What does Swede remember about when Merry watched monks on TV?
6. What does one doctor say about Merry's stuttering in regard to her perfectionist family?
7. How is Merry's bombing in her hometown at the end of Chapter 3 described?
8. Swede reads about bombs over five years after Rita's visit that remind him of Merry. How are they described?
9. How are Merry's physical attributes described as she grows up?
10. How does Rita taunt Swede sexually in Chapter 4?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Examine the use of the reunion as a frame story for Swede. What were you able to learn about Swede that you would not had the author not been at the reunion?
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
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?
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