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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. Who is Stofsky's former literature professor?
2. Kathryn talks to Dinah about ______________________ Hart is.
3. Why could Hart not meet Margo at her apartment?
4. What else does Paul try to explain to the woman in #136?
5. Where is Kathryn going for the weekend?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is it about Hart that makes him become the group's leader?
2. Why doesn't Paul mail the letters he writes to Liza?
3. Why does Paul not even try to defend himself when Kathryn confronts him about his letters to Liza?
4. What do Paul and Kathryn realize at the end of the story?
5. How do Paul and Pasternak feel about the tension between them regarding Pasternak's affair with Kathryn?
6. What is significant about the questions asked by the characters?
7. How does Stofsky try to mend the group after the departure of Hart and Pasternak?
8. Instead of their immature treatment of Kathryn, what is really important to Paul and Pasternak?
9. How does Agatson's death demonstrate the futility of the lives of all the characters?
10. What impact does Hart's dalliance with Margo have on Dinah?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain Holmes' use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where he did.
Essay Topic 2
The theme of the search for meaning will be an important one in the novel. How does the author begin to build this theme? Give examples of the search for meaning throughout the book.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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