An American Tragedy 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. Who does Roberta say Clyde is attracted to?

2. What town did Roberta first find a job in?

3. Which of Clyde's fellow workers is the classy dresser?

4. How much do the pills that Clyde buys cost?

5. What activity does the religious community frown upon?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does hotel life contradict what Clyde has previously been taught by his family?

2. How do the autopsy results change the whole perplexion of the case?

3. What does Clyde hope to achieve in his new position?

4. How has Clyde's behavior affected those around him?

5. How does Clyde's life change when he finds the job at the hotel?

6. How does Clyde react to the news Roberta is pregnant?

7. What information does Clyde give the authorities?

8. In what way are Clyde's faults exposed in chapter 9, book two?

9. Why does Clyde find it so difficult to provide for his family?

10. How does Clyde try to appeal to his rich friends?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dreiser was a socialist. Using two examples from the novel, discuss the ways the story reflects Dreiser's political ideas?

Essay Topic 2

An American is a famous book which has greatly influenced popular culture. Choose a film or book written after An American Tragedy that you think was influenced by the novel and discuss there similarities in terms of a) plot b) character c) themes.

Essay Topic 3

Using examples to support your argument discuss the following statement. Dreiser prose is pedestrian, uninspired and cliched.

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