Being There 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. When Chance is asked to come up to the study, what is the name of woman he meets?

2. What is the name of the woman from the car?

3. How does Chance explain his reason for not signing the paper?

4. What had Chance been paid for his gardening chores over the years?

5. Who is the main character in the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 1, when Chance is in the garden, what is his mood?

2. Chance notices the TV in the rear of the car and asks if it works. Why does EE assume that he wants to watch TV at a time like this?

3. At what point in Chapter 2 does Chance realize things will now change?

4. Why does Chance pretend to be able to read the paper that the lawyer gives him to sign?

5. Why does EE change Chance's name when he introduces himself?

6. Why does Chance wear sunglasses to meet with the lawyer and his assistant?

7. How does the day begin after the Old Man dies in Chapter 2 ?

8. By Chapter 3, the author has shown the reader what Chance's personality is like. How would a reader describe Chance's personality?

9. Readers discover how Chance got his name in Chapter 1. How did he get his name?

10. Why do you believe that Chance thinks and feels the way he does as described in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chance's character is written as though he thinks, reacts and speaks like a child.

Find statements or dialogue in the book to support this statement. Then refute the statement showing why Chance is actually a wise person only giving people what they want to be given.

Essay Topic 2

Thinking of Chauncey Gardiner being described as one of the most well-adjusted in America, think of the politicians on the American landscape of today's world.

Who is the most well-adjusted?

Who is the least well-adjusted?

Support your answers with facts and quotes from the people you have chosen. Describe how Americans have reacted to these people.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the characters of Chance and Chauncey Gardiner even though they are essentially the same person.

A) Compare and contrast the characters of Chance and Chauncey as seen through the eyes of others.

B) Why is it that Mr. Franklin does not remember where he has seen Chauncey before?

C) How is it that Chauncey's image disappears for Chance by the end of the book?

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