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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 are both Swede and Merry described as being when they are returning from a seaside cottage in Chapter 3?

2. Which of the following things does the narrator not say Swede's athletic talent obligated him to be?

3. Whom does Swede fail to call after Rita threatens him?

4. Who is the recipient of a 14-year-old girl's kidney at Nathan's class reunion?

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 is the nature of Lou's discussion regarding the downfall of Newark in Chapter 8?

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

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

4. How does Swede describe Barry Umanoff and Marcia Schwartz's marriage?

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

6. What does Jerry tell Nathan that his brother Swede had in spite of being a big success in Chapter 3?

7. What realization does Swede come to about Sheila in Chapter 9?

8. How does the narrator describe the lack of a generation gap in his neighborhood?

9. How does Sheila explain her reason for taking Merry in, to Swede in Chapter 9?

10. What reason does Swede say is the only reason Dawn entered beauty pageants?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine the role of stuttering in the book. What did Merry's bout with stuttering suggest about her mental health?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The story of Swede offers a unique and heartbreaking look into the life of an apparent American hero.

Part 1) What impact might Swede's upbringing and success as an athlete have on the way his life played out?

Part 2) What impact did Dawn's vanity and infidelity have on Swede's plight?

Part 3) What is telling of Swede based on his wanting to have a tribute to his father written by the narrator?

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