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. How much notice does Clyde have to give his uncle before he arrives?

2. How much money does Clyde's mother ask him to help her raise?

3. What does Clyde hope will happen once Roberta gets rid of the baby?

4. What is Oscar's surname?

5. What is the name of the Griffith's mission?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way have the defense created a strong case for Clyde's innocence?

2. How does Dreiser show Clyde and Roberta's fragmented thoughts?

3. What are Clyde's main worries?

4. Why does Gilbert not like Clyde?

5. How does Jephson boost Clyde's courage?

6. Why does Clyde appeal to Sondra?

7. How so the strict social rules affect Roberta?

8. In what way does poverty benefit the prosecutions case?

9. Why does the Samuel Griffith family refuse Clyde's insanity plea?

10. How does Clyde's legal team begin their defense?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both Clyde and Roberta are restricted by their moral upbringings. Using two examples from the book discuss how their upbringings affect their decisions in the book. Do you think their moral upbringings were more destructive than helpful?

Essay Topic 2

An American Tragedy is written in the third person. Why do you think Dreiser chose to write the story in the third person? How do you think the meaning of the story would of changed if it was written in the first person?

Essay Topic 3

Foreshadowing plays a big part in the novel. What is foreshadowing? How does Dreiser use foreshadowing in the novel? What affect does it have on the novel's meaning?

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