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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 many rolls are missing from the bag?

2. What condition does Ward suffer from?

3. How did Morris' son die?

4. Who does Helen expect the phone call to be from?

5. What day is the store closed?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Helen feel about her failed relationship with Nat Pearl?

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

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

4. What do you think the relevance of St. Francis is to the story?

5. Why does Ida resent Morris and their current situation? What responsibility does she have for the state of their lives?

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

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

8. What is the difference between Nat Pearl and Louis Karp?

9. Describe Frank's early family life.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 describing the symbols used by the author in the novel. Be sure to address at least three symbols used by the author, with the essay focusing on their deeper meaning and role within the story.

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