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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 Hortense want to go with the fur jacket?

2. Whose house does Clyde start spending time at?

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

4. What is Oscar's surname?

5. What is the name of Roberta's new landlady?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Roberta's moral upbringing affect her relationship with Clyde?

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

3. Describe how Clyde kills Roberta.

4. What do you think drives Clyde to pursue Sondra and ignore Roberta?

5. How do the authorities react to Roberta's death?

6. Why does Mason ask for a special session of the grand jury?

7. In what way does the landscape play an important part in chapter 29, book 1?

8. What are Clyde's main worries?

9. Describe the death house.

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

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 ends as it started with the Griffith family preaching on the streets with their young grandson Russell. What do you think will happen to Russell in the future? In what way can Mrs. Griffith stop Russell from turning out like Clyde? How important is a child's upbringing?

Essay Topic 3

Dreiser depicts Clyde as a moral coward. Do you think this depiction of Clyde is fair? What are Clyde's strengths and weaknesses? Describe how Clyde could of used his strengths and weaknesses to become a success.

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