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. What is Oscar's surname?

2. What does Roberta tell Clyde in chapter 33?

3. What instrument does Esta play?

4. Where do the Griffith family perform their daily evangelism?

5. What does Ratterer order with his wine?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Clyde appeal to Sondra?

2. What three taboos and social rules does Roberta learn in this chapter?

3. What part have truth and justice played in the novel?

4. What are Clyde's main worries?

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

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

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

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

9. What information does Clyde give the authorities?

10. How does Roberta and Clyde's relationship become even more complicated in book 2, chapter 38?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare Clyde and Roberta.

1) What is their relationship with their parents?

2) What is their relationship to each other?

3) Do you think they were the perfect match?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

The novel depicts the class system in America in the twenties.

1) How and why was life changing for the working classes in twenties America? How difficult was it for a member of the working classes to make an impact on society?

2) What were the role of the upper classes in twenties America? How much control did they have?

3) Do you think there is still a recognizable class system in America? In what ways has it changed?

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