God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or, Pearls Before Swine 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. Who is the thirteen year old girl who comes in while Fred is reading the paper?

2. What does Fred see that catches his attention on the page facing the ads?

3. How does Fred Rosewater's father die?

4. As Fred is preparing to hang himself in the basement, who arrives to speak with him?

5. Who does Eliot compare himself to when he sees his reflection in a birdbath?

Short Essay Questions

1. During his father's visit, Eliot takes a call from someone in the town. What do the two of them discuss while his father is there listening?

2. In the end, Eliot outsmarts Mushari and others who think he is idealistic and insane. How does he do this?

3. How has Eliot prepared for his trip to see Sylvia in Indianapolis? What is his night like before leaving for the trip?

4. Discuss the interchange between Carolyn and Fred Rosewater at the news store. What do we learn about both characters in the short scene at the newsstand?

5. How do the Buntlines have a servant, Selena, living in their home? How does Selena feel about living with the Buntlines?

6. While he is looking at the books in the news store with Lila, Fred comes across a book that interests him. What is the book and what is it about?

7. What book does Eliot keep hidden in his office, and why does he have such strong feelings about it?

8. Describe Caroline Rosewater's luncheon experience at the Weir. How is she treated? How does she feel?

9. In Chapter Nine, we meet Lila Buntline, Stewart and Caroline's daughter. What is Lila doing in the news store? How does she know Fred?

10. While he is at the news store counter having coffee and Danish with the carpenters and plumbers of the town, Fred tells a story that ends with someone saying to him "God bless you, Mr. Rosewater." Why does the person say this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Eliot's analogy of the Money River. How does his analogy compare to society? Can anyone get ahead if there is indeed a Money River?

Essay Topic 2

Senator Rosewater has pushed through a law called the Rosewater Law. He considers this to be his legislative masterpiece. Discuss the Rosewater Law and how it is important to the story.

Essay Topic 3

In her letter to Daddy Parrot, Selena explains to him the people with whom she lives, the Buntlines. At the end of her letter, she says perhaps she is too dumb to understand what is wonderful about Pisquontuit. She says to him "maybe this is a case of pearls before swine, but I really don't see how." What does she mean by this? Why is this saying part of the title of the novel?

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