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 is the name of Swede's father?

2. Besides being self-absorbed, what other word is used to describe Swede's daughter in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the narrator describe Swede's tribute to his father?

3. What does Swede remember about when Merry watched monks on TV?

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

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

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

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

8. What does Nathan decide he will do to complete his story on Swede in Chapter 3?

9. What happens when Merry asks Swede if he would kiss her as he did her mother when she was a young child?

10. What is the nature of Nathan's conversation with Ira at the high school reunion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

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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