Difficult Loves 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. Which character is in both "Sleeping Like Dogs" and "Dollars and the Demimondaine"?

2. In "The Adventure of a Soldier", what makes the soldier think that the woman sitting next to him wants him to touch her?

3. In "Transit Bed", where does Gim hide?

4. In "Dollars and the Demimondaine", who gets arrested?

5. In "Transit Bed", who gets kicked out of bed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the title of "Desire in November".

2. In "The Adventure of a Traveler", what is the traveler obsessed with?

3. In "The Adventure of a Bather", who is the bather?

4. In "Theft in a Pastry Shop", what makes the thieves more excited than money? Why?

5. In "The Adventure of a Clerk", what is the clerk doing?

6. In "The Adventure of a Traveler", where is the traveler going and why?

7. In "Desire in November", why is Barbagallo by the fur shop?

8. In "The Adventure of a Nearsighted Man", what is the man's conundrum with wearing glasses?

9. In "The Adventure of a Clerk", why doesn't the clerk talk to anyone about what he is thinking and feeling?

10. In "The Adventure of a Bather", who finally helps the bather?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sex is mentioned in many of the stories. Explore and discuss why it is important and why it is necessary.

Essay Topic 2

Explore and discuss how the mood and tone of a story influences a reader's perception, perhaps mentioning:

A) "Hunger at Bevera"

B) "Transit Bed"

C) "Desire in November" or

D) "One of the Three Is Still Alive"

Essay Topic 3

Italo Calvino is a critically acclaimed author.

Part 1) Describe Calvino's popularity and place in history as a writer.

Part 2) Explain why he was and still is pivotal to contemporary literature.

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