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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. Stofsky often feels unloved and freakish due to ______________________.

2. To whom is Paul writing a love letter?

3. Who is Stofsky's therapist?

4. What is Daniel's last name?

5. David says that Paul's monster is _____________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How are psychotherapy and writing compared and which seems to help the characters in the book?

2. What does the conversation regarding infidelity reveal about Paul and Kathryn's marriage?

3. Why are the characters unable to find any clarity or purpose to their lives?

4. What is an example of how the post-war search for meaning is taking on toll on people?

5. Describe the scene where Stofsky goes to see Waters in his flat and is picked up by the asylum attendants.

6. Why are Jack Waters' Existential thoughts not taken seriously?

7. How does the author show that Kathryn is more mature than Paul?

8. What does the party at Stofsky's apartment serve as a metaphor for?

9. What lessons does Kathryn learn regarding her father and his death?

10. How does the budding romance between Pasternak and Christine begin to mirror that of Paul and Kathryn's marriage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Restlessness takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Create a brief character study of Paul Hobbes. 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?

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