Foe Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 elements does Susan suggest adding to her story?

2. What does Susan say about mothers and children?

3. What do Susan and Friday grow in their garden?

4. What does Susan suggest to Mr. Foe would be a good job for Friday?

5. Who does Susan say is father-born?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of Susan putting her written pages into Mr. Foe's basket?

2. Explain the significance of the dead baby Susan finds on the side of the road.

3. Why is the case of recorders important?

4. Why does Susan doubt young Susan's story?

5. Why does Susan decide at the last moment not to put Friday on the ship to Africa?

6. Is Susan a loving person?

7. What are Susan's insecurities in Part Two?

8. Is Susan self-sufficient or dependent on others?

9. How does young Susan describe herself?

10. Describe how Susan and young Susan first meet.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of parenthood, motherhood and giving birth recur often in Foe. Discuss the importance of this theme in relationship to:

1) Susan and Cruso.

2) Susan and Friday.

3) Susan and Mr. Foe.

4) Susan and her daughter.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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