The Death of the Heart Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Mr. Parker?

2. When Portia refuses to go home, what does Eddie do?

3. What does Eddie expect of Portia while he visits her at Waikiki?

4. How does Eddie respond to Portia's confronting him about holding hands at the movie theatre?

5. What does Portia leave behind at Eddie's house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An author's own convictions often shine through in his/her work. At what points in the novel do you think Bowen is voicing her own opinions? How does she accomplish this? How effective is she in masking her own feelings with the voices of her characters? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

In what ways did Portia's trip to Waikiki influence her? Were the resulting changes good or bad? How was she different after returning home? Were the results of her new behaviors positive or negative? Was she better off, having had that experience? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

The end of the novel mirrors the beginning; the same characters, and the same dilemmas, but so much has changed. What is different? Why do you think Bowen chose to do this? What significance does it have in terms of the novel as a whole? What message does it send the reader? Do you think Portia's problems will also be cyclical, despite the progress she has made? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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