An American Tragedy Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What law firm does Kellogg suggest?

2. Which character tampers with the evidence?

3. What does Clyde call his plan?

4. Why does Clyde say he cannot come for her?

5. What does Jephson suggest marked Roberta's face?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Clyde kills Roberta because he desperately wants to be part of the upperclass. How different do you think the lives of the upper class and working classes were? Can you understand why Clyde was so desperate to escape his impoverished background?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Roberta tries and fails to get an abortion, partly because society sees abortion as immoral. What are your views on abortion? Why do you think society has become more accepting of abortion?

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