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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. How does Frank feel about Jews?

2. Where do Helen and Louis go riding?

3. What virtue is very important to Frank?

4. What does Louis ask Helen to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Helen react to Nat's telephone call?

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

7. How does Frank feel about Helen?

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

9. How is business at the store?

10. What do Louis and Helen talk about when they go for a ride?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the life choices made by character in THE ASSISTANT. Be sure to address:

1) Themes and examples of regret and missed opportunities.

2) Examples of good and bad life choices made by characters in the novel.

3) The message you feel Bernard Malamud is communicating to readers regarding life choices.

Essay Topic 2

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).

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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