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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 is Paul annoyed with Gene at the beginning of the novel?
2. Stofsky quotes a poem written by ________________.
3. When Paul cannot concentrate on his book, he goes out because he is ______________.
4. Kathryn is _________________ older than Paul.
5. Both Paul and Gene have written __________________.
Short Essay Questions
1. How are psychotherapy and writing compared and which seems to help the characters in the book?
2. How does Pasternak show his immaturity regarding Georgia and his still living with his parents?
3. How does the fight between the two men over a woman serve as a metaphor for what may lie ahead for Paul and Kathryn?
4. Why is Pasternak standing in front of Christine's house when Stofsky and Hobbes try to find him in the bars?
5. What is an example of how the post-war search for meaning is taking on toll on people?
6. How does the author show that Kathryn is more mature than Paul?
7. What are some of the ways in which Stofsky searches for meaning in his life?
8. What does Chapter 2 reveal about Paul and Kathryn's marriage and the strain that Paul's hopeful writing career places on it?
9. What does Paul's letter to someone named Liza signify for the plot?
10. Describe the scene where Stofsky goes to see Waters in his flat and is picked up by the asylum attendants.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of regret. Identify at least two examples about regret in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of regret.
Essay Topic 2
Create a brief character study of Gene Pasternak. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him during his lifetime?
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast Paul and Pasternak. What do they have in common? What are their primary differences? Why are their differences classic examples of conflict in drama? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?
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