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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who telephones Helen?

2. How does Frank feel about Jews?

3. What did Frank have a role in?

4. How much money in sales did Ida take in while Morris slept?

5. What does Louis say Helen makes him do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Helen and Frank's arguments about sex, and how they are resolved.

2. How does Morris feel about owning the store?

3. How does Frank feel about Helen?

4. How are Helen's feelings for Frank changing?

5. How does Frank intend to beat the Norwegians?

6. How does Morris view his luck in this chapter?

7. How does Frank feel about life at the store?

8. What did Charlie Sobeloff do to Morris?

9. How does Frank plan on convincing Morris to let him stay?

10. What does Frank want from Morris? What else might he be interested in?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the death of Morris Bober. Be sure to address:

1) Why you feel the author decided to 'kill off' Morris.

2) The message and meaning behind Morris' death.

3) The importance of the timing of Morris' death.

4) How Morris' death affected you personally as a reader.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on crime and criminals in THE ASSISTANT. Be sure to address:

1) Criminal acts that are carried out or planned in the novel.

2) How you feel the author intends readers to view the criminal behavior of characters in the novel.

3) How prevalent the crimes described in the novel are in the real world, and the punishments that these crimes carry.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay describing the romantic relationship between Frank Alpine and Helen Bober. Be sure to address:

1) What you think attracts Frank and Helen to each other, with evidence from the text.

2) Major obstacles to Frank and Helen's happiness together, and how these obstacles are overcome.

3) Whether or not you think Frank and Helen are good for each other, and why.

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