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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 did doctors find in Morris' lungs?

2. What did Frank do with his portion of the money from the heist?

3. What happens to Betty Pearl?

4. Where do Helen and Louis go riding?

5. What does Morris do because of his suspicions?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Morris feel about owning the store?

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

3. Who is the man hanging around the neighborhood?

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

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

6. How does Ida feel about Frank? Is her opinion of him changing?

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

8. How does Helen feel about Frank now?

9. How does Frank feel about Helen?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the plight of family-owned business in the industrialized world. Be sure to address:

1) Threats to and challenges faced by family-owned business in America and worldwide.

2) How important you feel protecting family-owned business is, and why.

3) Policy suggestions for protecting and improving family-owned business.

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 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.

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