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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. Which famous person does Jones meet in Paris?

2. How can Capote's private persona be generally described?

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

4. To where does Florie Rotondo travel?

5. What is the title of Jones' first book?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jones balance his dark side with an entertaining style of writing to engage the reader?

2. What is the irony of Jones' namedropping in the book?

3. How did Jones get the money to get to New York and how does he describe his first year in that city?

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

5. Which author and book do Jones and Hamilton discuss related to Jones' writing?

6. What does the editor note as Capote's personal characteristics?

7. Explain Truman Capote's notoriety in the 1960s and 1970s.

8. Why does the author reveal the sexual practices in both high society as well as the lower side of life at the YMCA?

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

10. What is the significance of the crystal paperweight given to Jones by Colette?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Capote's use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Denham Fouts. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him at this point in time?

Essay Topic 3

The author begins the story in the present day and tells the story through a series of flashbacks. Why did he choose to tell his story this way? In what way is a flashback technique more interesting for a reader? In what ways is it more complicated?

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