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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. How does the woman who swims ashore feel when she is with the person who first greets her?

2. Who steps on a thorn in the first section of the story?

3. What does Susan do on her third day on the island after she disobeys Cruso?

4. Why does Cruso say he never tried to build a boat?

5. How does Cruso respond to leaving on the ship?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Susan feel about Friday when they first meet?

2. Describe the events that lead in the main characters' escape from the island.

3. Where is Susan's daughter?

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

5. Describe Cruso's health.

6. What is Friday's role on the island?

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

8. How does Friday feel about leaving the island?

9. Does Susan respect Cruso?

10. Why does Susan believe that she is on 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 setting in all four sections of Foe are very different. Describe each character's response to one setting and analyze what that says about his or her character: Susan, Friday, and Cruso.

Essay Topic 3

The theme of Foe is dependent on another novel: Robinson Crusoe, written by Daniel Defoe. Analyze the literary technique used by J.M. Coetzee to create a novel entirely based on the existence of a novel that exists outside of the story being told.

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