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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 does Grandma refuse to share with Thomas in Why I'm Not Where You Are?
2. How does Oskar respond to A.R. Black's announcement that he is quitting the search?
3. What does Thomas say to Anna to try to comfort her about her father in Why I'm Not Where You Are?
4. What is the only object Thomas retrieves in the rubble of Dresden?
5. How fast is the Sixth Borough drifting away from New York in the story?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the sixth borough's drift affect a boy and girl in the story?
2. What is revealed by the long jump at the beginning of The Sixth Borough?
3. How does Thomas, Sr. discover he has a son in Why I'm Not where You Are?
4. What does Stephen Hawking say to Oskar in A Simple Solution to an Impossible Problem?
5. Describe Thomas's experience during the bombing of Dresden.
6. How does Oskar's presentation go at the beginning of Happiness, Happiness?
7. What is Oskar's attitude toward Dr. Fein?
8. In A Simple Solution to an Impossible Problem, what does William Black reveal is the purpose of the key?
9. What major item movement happens between the sixth borough and and Manhattan as it drifts off?
10. How does Oskar Schell meet Thomas, Sr. at the beginning of Alive and Alone?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The structure of the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is unusual from the beginning, with the mixing of different narrators and syntax styles, but Jonathan Safran Foer further muddies the narrative waters by having the narrative regularly interrupted by pages that contain something other than plot. Write an essay about these pages, discussing what their connection to the narrative is. Who, presumably, has inserted them into the novel and why? How does their inclusion affect the way the novel is perceived as an object? What does it become?
Part 1) Photos
Part 2) Pages with a single phrase on them.
Part 3) Blank pages.
Essay Topic 2
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a story about interconnection. Oskar Schell's search of the key's lock is an egalitarian one, crossing different boroughs, socioeconomic groups, and life experiences. Write an essay about three of the Blacks Oskar meets in his quest. How is this person's experience different from his own? What about this person's life is compelling to Oskar? What questions does he ask, and in the end how is his life richer for meeting this person?
Part 1) Abby Black.
Part 2) Abe Black.
Part 3) Ada Black.
Essay Topic 3
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is, at its roots, a study of human yearning for love in the face of brutal cataclysm. In the novel, characters lose each other and find each other in the crucible of tragedy. Write an essay about this in three parts:
Part 1) What is lost to the major character of the novel in the wake of the attack of September 11, 2001? How are existing bonds strengthened in the wake of this tragedy? In this paragraph, discuss the relationships among Oskar, Mom, and Grandma.
Part 2) Write a paragraph about the bombing of Dresden. How does this horrific event of World War II affect the Schell and Schmidt families? Who is lost in this bombing? How does the bombing, in the end, lead to another marriage and the birth of a child?
Part 3) In summation, discuss how a marriage that was destroyed by the memories of Dresden is reunited in the wake of September 11th. Who returns to whom in the aftermath? What characters begin to learn about their roots as a result of this reunion?
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