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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. Where does Frank Alpine say he is living?

2. What does Frank give Helen as a gift?

3. What hours does Frank work in the store?

4. How does Frank feel about what he does?

5. How much of her own money does Helen now get to keep?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does business at the store change? What does Frank do to try and help it?

2. What does Frank Alpine say about his luck and opportunities?

3. Describe Ward's last meeting with his father. How does it make you feel about Ward?

4. How does Helen feel about her father's funeral, and his life?

5. How do you think that Frank redeems himself in the novel?

6. How does Morris feel about owning the store?

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

8. What terrible things are revealed about Frank in this chapter?

9. What kind of a living does Morris make? What is ruining Morris' business?

10. What happens to Morris at the end of the chapter? How does this event reflect his life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the character and morality of Frank Alpine. Be sure to address:

1) Whether you feel Frank Alpine is a moral or immoral character, with evidence from the text.

2) Turning points in the character growth of Frank Alpine.

3) Whether or not you would want Frank Alpine as a friend, and why.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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