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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. Why does Cruso tell Susan he has not tried to record his memories?

2. Where does Susan sleep on her first night on the island?

3. What does Susan learn about Friday when he ignores her request to bring more wood in Part One?

4. What best describes Cruso's shelter when Susan first sees it?

5. What name does Cruso give to his shelter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the lizard that Susan finds important?

2. Describe Cruso's appearance.

3. Describe Cruso's health.

4. Describe Susan and Cruso's relationship while on the island.

5. Where is Susan's daughter?

6. How does the Captain of the Hobart react to Susan's story of being a castaway on the island?

7. How does Cruso feel about leaving the island?

8. How does Susan and Cruso's relationship change once they are rescued?

9. Describe Cruso's castle.

10. What is Susan's first impression of the island?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gender roles, both on the island and off, impact how Susan is treated as well as her actions.

1) Compare and contrast how Susan's actions with Cruso and Mr. Foe are impacted by expectations of her role as a woman.

2) Explain how gender expectations in her society impact the writing of Susan's story by herself and Mr. Foe.

3) How are gender roles followed, and broken, in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

The relationship between language and power is evident in the way the novel is structured and in the characters that appear in the story. Select one instance for each and analyze:

1) How the spoken word is related to power.

2) How the written word is related to power.

3) How the structure of the novel itself illustrates the link between language and power.

Essay Topic 3

Questions of Susan's sanity and reality are revealed in the last two parts of Foe. Select three to five specific events that the author uses to make readers realize that the story may not be as substantial as it seems in Parts One and Two. Explain the benefits of introducing this concept in this manner.

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