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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 work did Capote intend to mimic?

2. Who is the famous photographer Jones meets at Boatwright's parties?

3. Jones says that Fouts lacked _________________.

4. Jones and Hamilton discuss the relationship between art and life in which book?

5. Who was Capote's longtime companion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Capote's friends disown him after the publication of this book?

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

3. Why are Jones' thoughts of jumping out the sixth floor window curtailed?

4. How does Jones break professional protocol regarding Mr. Appleton?

5. Why does the reader have a feeling of incompleteness while reading this book?

6. What were the perceptions among Capote's real life friends upon the publication of this fictional work?

7. How does Capote end the book with metaphors of the passage of time for everyone?

8. How does the author blur the line between reality and fiction regarding Barbara Hutton?

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

10. Who was Denham Fouts?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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