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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 Clyde go to for help?

2. What activity does the religious community frown upon?

3. Who does Gilbert think is responsible for Clyde's Christmas invitation?

4. What does Ratterer order with his wine?

5. Where does Clyde visit to stave off loneliness?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jephson boost Clyde's courage?

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

3. Why does Clyde befriend Miller Nicholson?

4. What is Clyde's view of his relationship with Roberta?

5. In what way does Clyde's behavior reflect American society?

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

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

8. Why does Gilbert not like Clyde?

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

10. Describe how Clyde kills Roberta.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

An American tragedy is written in a naturalistic style.

1) What are the elements of a naturalistic style?

2) Why do you think Dreiser uses a naturalistic style for this novel?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Clyde cannot resist women. Why do you think he is so weak in this regard? How do you think it affects his judgment?

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