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 Sondra greet last?

2. Where does the Griffith family want to set up its next mission?

3. Why has Roberta come to the lake?

4. Who does Roberta's behavior remind Clyde of?

5. Where does Walter promise to take Clyde on Wednesday?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are Clyde's main worries?

3. How do Clyde and Roberta get over their moral upbringings?

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

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

6. Why does Gilbert not like Clyde?

7. What information does Clyde give the authorities?

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

9. Describe how Clyde kills Roberta.

10. How has Clyde reacted to killing Roberta?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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