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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 Susan react to Cruso's explanations of the laws of the island?

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

3. What does Susan bring back to camp after disobeying Cruso on her third day on the island?

4. How does Susan say that Cruso came to be stranded, in Part One?

5. How does Susan describe the food on the island?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Friday feel about leaving the island?

2. How does Susan come to see Friday as a being with a soul?

3. Describe Cruso's health.

4. Describe Cruso's castle.

5. Why is the lizard that Susan finds important?

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

7. Does Susan respect Cruso?

8. Where is Susan's daughter?

9. Why do Cruso and Friday work on the terraces?

10. How does Cruso feel about leaving the island?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While Foe serves as a broad metaphor for certain themes, the novel is also full of shorter literary metaphors and similes. Identify five metaphors or similes used by the author, explain the context in which they appear and the benefit their insertion offers to plot development or character development.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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