Desperate Characters 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 did Otto chide Sophie for doing with the cat?

2. Why does Otto refuse to take on a certain kind of law case?

3. Why do the Bentwoods not want to live in the Holsteins' neighborhood?

4. Why do the Bentwoods go to the Holsteins' house at the beginning of the book?

5. Where do the Holsteins live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What secret does Charlie tell Sophie about his wife?

2. What shows Sophie that her marriage was in serious trouble before her affair?

3. How does Sophie compare Otto and Charlie?

4. How do Sophie and Otto feel about Flo?

5. What does Sophie hear when Otto goes back to sleep after being woken up at 3:00 am?

6. What does Sophie do when Otto complains about Charlie at the beginning of the book?

7. What does Sophie say when she compares Charlie and Francis?

8. What does Sophie say about Francis as she falls asleep?

9. What does Sophie talk to Otto about when she wakes him up at 3:00 am?

10. Why does Sophie wake up at 3:00 am?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many different symbols present in this book. What are these symbols? How does their presence alter the course of the plot?

Essay Topic 2

Which character do you relate with the most in this book? Why is this? How does this character change throughout the book?

Essay Topic 3

The characters in this book all had their own goals and motivations. Select four characters and write their main motivation throughout the book and how this goal affected the characters around them.

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