Drinking: A Love Story Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Caroline Knapp
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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 would Knapp do when she escaped from her apartment?

2. What did Knapp want from her drinking?

3. Who would Knapp meet for drinks after work when she was younger?

4. When Knapp met her friend for drinks, how did Knapp feel after the drinks had kicked in?

5. What was Knapp's mantra?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the yearning that drove Knapp to drink.

2. What does Knapp do after David moves to Chicago?

3. What would happen when Knapp would wake at night when she was drinking?

4. Describe the first time Knapp got drunk.

5. What is Knapp's friend Abby's drinking driven by?

6. Describe Knapp's relationship with alcohol.

7. How does Knapp's friend Elaine inadvertently help Knapp keep drinking?

8. What does Knapp realize during the last six months of her drinking?

9. How does alcohol make Knapp feel while she is with her family?

10. What confrontation do Knapp and her mother have after Knapp's father dies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do Knapp's attempts to hide her drinking from herself and from others change over the course of the book? What strategies does she use, and how do her strategies change?

Essay Topic 2

How does the theme of Knapp's split personality--or compartmentalized personality--develop throughout the book? Use specific examples from the chapters. Is she one person? Is she more than one person? What do each of the people inside of her want? Does she seem pathologically self-divided, or does her self-division seem natural?

Essay Topic 3

How does Knapp represent her anorexia in relation to her alcoholism? Does she describe them in the same terms? Are they similar in her experience, or no? How does her drinking change when she stops being anorexic?

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