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. Who laughs at the end of Chapter 9 after Jessie stabs Lou with a fork?

2. How does Bill take Swede's comment that Bill would be happy living in his house in Chapter 9?

3. What part of Rimrock does Swede live in?

4. Who calls Swede at the beginning of Chapter 9?

5. What does Swede believe he would do to Rita if necessary to get Merry back in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Swede describe Bill and Dawn in the end of Chapter 8?

2. How are Merry's values as a Jain described in the book?

3. What does Swede ponder about when thinking of Rita stealing his money?

4. How does Marcia describe Dawn's beauty pageants?

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

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

7. What does Merry tell Swede she did while in Miami in Chapter 6?

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

9. What does Lou say he is ashamed of Jerry for in Chapter 7?

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

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

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

Throughout the book, one of the things given a great deal of detail is the author's portrayal of America.

Part 1) How does Swede's love of America reflect the sentiments of his neighborhood growing up?

Part 2) What do Merry's political beliefs as a young woman say about her feelings towards America?

Part 3) Does the author paint a favorable picture of America?

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