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 does Lou write letters to complaining about the president in Chapter 7?

2. What did Merry study that is the reverence of life?

3. What is Merry able to explain Jainism to Swede without doing?

4. What does Swede decide that Sheila is rather than omniscient?

5. Who does the narrator say is the one who helped Merry become herself?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Merry live as a Jain?

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

7. How does Swede describe the time during the riots with his employee Vicky?

8. What does Marcia remark about regarding social conditions in Chapter 8?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

Throughout the book, the author imparts some popular and groundbreaking events that occurred throughout 1960s culture.

Part 1) What role did groups like the Weathermen play in the book?

Part 2) What portrayal of the Vietnam War was the author able to put forward to give a true sense of the country's feelings about the war?

Part 3) What purpose did the author have for including so many references to 1960s culture in regard to setting a tone?

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