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. What species of bird does Clyde hear crying?

3. Why does Clyde think Jephson is his only hope?

4. Who interviews Clyde's mother?

5. What city does Samuel Griffith move his family to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Foreshadowing plays a big part in the novel. What is foreshadowing? How does Dreiser use foreshadowing in the novel? What affect does it have on the novel's meaning?

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