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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 does Frank have trouble doing?

2. Who does Helen tell Ida that she is meeting at the library?

3. How old is the girl who enters the store?

4. What school did Nat Pearl go to?

5. What type of car does Louis Karp drive?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Helen feel about Frank now?

2. Describe the relationship between the old woman and the Bobers.

3. How is business at the store improving? Why?

4. What thoughts are troubling Morris at the beginning of the chapter?

5. What does Morris do for the young girl? What does this tell you about his character?

6. How does Frank do while filling in for Morris?

7. How is Helen's hatred of Frank softening?

8. What did Charlie Sobeloff do to Morris?

9. How does Frank feel about Helen?

10. What does Nick, the tenant, do to offend Morris?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing the process of bankruptcy in your country. Be sure to address:

1) The history of bankruptcy and origins of the word.

2) The basic process of bankruptcy for a small or large business.

3) How Morris Bober viewed the threat of bankruptcy, whether or not he considered it an option, and why.

4) The current bankruptcy rate in your country, and the main factors behind the statistics.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the topic of poverty, choosing your own focus for the subject. Recommended points to touch upon are:

1) The prevalence of poverty in the industrialized world.

2) Current policies and programs in place for fighting poverty, and their level of effectiveness.

3) Policy ideas for tackling poverty.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the character strengths and weaknesses of Morris Bober. Be sure to address:

1) How Morris character traits influence his past and present life.

2) How Morris views and responds to the world and opportunities around him.

3) Whether or not you feel Morris is a tragically flawed character, and why (with evidence from the text).

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