American Pastoral Test | Final 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. Where was the trip to that Dawn and Swede took that Dawn discusses at the dinner party in Chapter 9?

2. What did the narrator keep on his bedroom wall to keep track of the war?

3. What part of Rimrock does Swede live in?

4. What motto does Merry have written on her wall as a young woman?

5. Who was a great friend with Dawn's father before he passed away?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Swede suggest that the Miss New Jersey pageant ruined Dawn?

3. What did Dr. Salzman counsel the Levovs about?

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

5. How are Lou's feelings towards the Nixon administration described in the book?

6. How is Swede's mother affected by Merry's disappearance in Chapter 7?

7. What does Jessie do to Lou at the end of the book?

8. What does Swede realize regarding Merry's mental health in Chapter 5?

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

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

Compare and contrast the character Dawn and Marcia. What do the differences in these two characters' ideologies suggest about the natures of their characters?

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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