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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. In what state does Hart Kennedy live?
2. The book addresses a group of young people commonly called ________________.
3. Who is Bianca?
4. Why is Paul annoyed with Gene at the beginning of the novel?
5. Why is Kathryn irritated at Paul when she returns home from work?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Paul's lack of self-awareness drive the attachments he makes in his life?
2. Who is Christine and why is she in contrast to the other characters?
3. What is the significance of Paul Hobbes writing a love letter at the beginning of the novel?
4. What is an example of how the post-war search for meaning is taking on toll on people?
5. What are some of the ways in which Stofsky searches for meaning in his life?
6. What does Chapter 2 reveal about Paul and Kathryn's marriage and the strain that Paul's hopeful writing career places on it?
7. What does the aimless behavior of the characters signify in the book?
8. How does the fight between the two men over a woman serve as a metaphor for what may lie ahead for Paul and Kathryn?
9. What lessons does Kathryn learn regarding her father and his death?
10. What does the party at Stofsky's apartment serve as a metaphor for?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Stofsky spends some alone time throughout the novel to contemplate his life. What does he think about? What conclusions does he arrive at? Explain why he is in a contemplative mood at this point in time.
Essay Topic 2
The author begins the story in the present day and tells the story through some flashbacks. Why did he choose to tell his story this way? In what way is a flashback technique more interesting for a reader? In what ways is it more complicated?
Essay Topic 3
Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.
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