The Assistant Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. When will Morris be without a business for the first time in decades?

2. What is Morris already aware of?

3. What does Morris catch Frank doing?

4. How does Frank feel about his actions?

5. What is luck?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Helen and Frank's arguments about sex, and how they are resolved.

2. What did Charlie Sobeloff do to Morris?

3. What is the skinny man's proposition? What does Morris do?

4. How does Frank plan on convincing Morris to let him stay?

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

6. How does Frank feel about his actions? What did he do to Helen?

7. How does Morris react when Frank tells him the truth about the hold-up?

8. How does Helen feel about Frank not being Jewish?

9. Describe Helen and Frank's first kiss.

10. How does Morris nearly die? Who saves him?

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 the role of the family provider. Be sure to address:

1) Changing trends in family providers, including gender roles, state involvement, and so on.

2) How being a family provider is dealt with in THE ASSISTANT, and the issues characters face in regards to being a provider.

3) Important characteristics and personality traits of a good family provider.

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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