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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 does Swede decide about the person that calls him that causes him to hang up on that person in Chapter 9?
2. Where does Swede take a phone call from at the beginning of Chapter 9?
3. What is Lou concerned about along with children in Chapter 8?
4. What kind of people does Swede believe Merry could have fallen in with to explain her life?
5. What did Dr. Salzman counsel the Levovs about?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Swede suggest that the Miss New Jersey pageant ruined Dawn?
2. How is Swede's time as a marine described in Chapter 5?
3. What is the nature of Swede's memory of knocking Bill out on the football field?
4. What does Marcia remark about regarding social conditions in Chapter 8?
5. What realization does Swede come to about Sheila in Chapter 9?
6. What is the nature of the letter Swede receives from Rita at the beginning of Chapter 5?
7. What does Lou say he is ashamed of Jerry for in Chapter 7?
8. How does Marcia describe Dawn's beauty pageants?
9. What is the nature of Swede's phone call with Rita at the beginning of Chapter 9?
10. What does Swede ponder about when thinking of Rita stealing his money?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One of the major factors to create Merry's militant actions is the impact of Swede's kiss to Merry as a child.
Part 1) What is telling of Merry based on her request that her father kiss her like he would her mother?
Part 2) What about Swede's sudden pullback after he had kissed Merry as a child could have caused her militant behavior later in life?
Part 3) What about Swede's inability to understand the impact his kiss had on Merry suggests he is unable to relate to others in his life?
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
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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