Back to the Bedroom Test | Mid-Book 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. What exercise does Dave suggest to Kate?

2. Where was her concert being held?

3. What did Kate say to David's spontaneous marriage proposal?

4. What two neighbors had baked David cakes?

5. What kinds of trees were stunted?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kinds of images were evoked with the thought of removing Kate's dress?

2. What was the difference between the way Dave held Kate and the way Anatole held her?

3. How did Kate feel about Elsie?

4. What missed opportunities is Dave talking about on page 81?

5. What is the difference that Kate has noticed in David's body from up close?

6. How was David's touch satisfying?

7. How did David justify that Kate wasn't exactly a domestic type?

8. What was the first thing that made Kate's heart flop for during the evening?

9. Why did Elsie have to lie about her age?

10. Why did Kate consider David to be the enemy?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain how Kate's stubbornness is her greatest flaw and her greatest strength. How is this personality trait both desirable and unattractive? Would you like this kind of trait in your boyfriend/girlfriend? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How did the interaction with Kate's parents help Dave to better understand her? In what ways would it be possible to feel sorry for a child living in such a household? How could this kind of parenting be responsible for productive and driven adults, but also depriving children of their only chance to be children?

Essay Topic 3

Explain how Elsie and the Old Cadillac belonging to Gus are perfect symbols. What do they symbolize and why? Look for contrasting symbols and try to explain what you think the author could have meant by using these symbols.

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