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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 happened to Capote when real people recognized themselves in this book?

2. What type of school did Jones attend?

3. For what other book is Truman Capote famous?

4. Miss Self sends Jones on his first appointment with a man whose pseudonym is _______________.

5. What does the editor claim is at the core of this book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jones' perspective on moving to the country himself?

2. Who are some of the famous people who Jones meets at Boatwright's parties?

3. Give an example of how the author thinly veils the work as fiction.

4. What is the focus of the book?

5. Who does the editor feel is the real person disguised as P.B. Jones?

6. Which American expatriate has a strong influence on Jones' life?

7. What does Jones imply with his ideas of moving to the country or moving to the sixth floor?

8. Why does Jones identify so strongly with the American expatriates?

9. Which author and book did Capote try to emulate in the writing of ANSWERED PRAYERS?

10. Why does Jones connect Peggy Guggenheim to his days of writing his novel called Sleepless Millions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses some potential instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain why each has potential for foreshadowing had the book been completed.

Essay Topic 2

Capote uses beautifully descriptive language in the book to help his readers see his world from his perspective. Without referring to the book, describe New York City using only your recall of Capote's descriptions. How do you visualize the city of New York City now that you have read Capote's ANSWERED PRAYERS?

Essay Topic 3

How does Capote use the literary technique of local color in ANSWERED PRAYERS? What elements comprise local color? Give some examples of the local color in some establishments, in the characters, and in the events.

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