Golden Boy Test | Mid-Book 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. What had Joe seen earlier today that seems to have unnerved him?

2. What is Tom desperate for?

3. What do the men see in the newspaper?

4. What does Moody tell Tokio?

5. Why does Joe think Lorna picked Moody to be with?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Joe's feelings about Fuseli being part owner of his career?

2. What is the premise of Bonaparte's visit to Moody's office?

3. What are Moody and Roxy's plans to get Joe to be a more aggressive fighter?

4. Explain how Joe's decisions are all driven by anger from the time he breaks his hand.

5. Explain the irony of Fuseli calling Joe the "golden boy."

6. Explain how both the positive and negative aspects of money are revealed in Act 2, Scene 3.

7. How does Joe's obnoxious behavior prompt Lorna to say she loves Moody in front of Joe?

8. Describe how Fuseli threatens Lorna.

9. How do the sports writers, Drake and Lewis, represent the two sides of public sentiment for people who achieve wealth and the American Dream?

10. As opposed to the handlers who just want the money that Joe can generate, Lorna sees Joe as a "golden boy" in a different way. How is Joe a "golden boy" for Lorna?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The search for The American Dream is an important theme in GOLDEN BOY. Can you cite an example to support this theme? Name two other themes and cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Regret seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the sense of regret? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

Essay Topic 3

Create a character study of Mr. Bonaparte. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Mr. Bonaparte?

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