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. Roxy said that Joe thought the violinist was ________________.

2. Who promises Joe better fights and better press coverage?

3. Who is Frank?

4. What does Joe like to read?

5. Who wants to become part owner of Joe's career?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What unrealistic promise does Moody make to Lorna?

3. How does the bell signal the last round between Joe and his father?

4. Describe the encounter between Joe and Lorna after Joe learns that she is marrying Moody in a few days.

5. What is the action that opens Act 1, Scene 5?

6. How does Fuseli symbolize the final break between Joe and his family and a more artistic way of life?

7. What is the symbolism of Joe's broken hand in this fight?

8. How is Lorna's life shown to be in stark contrast to the environment in which Joe grew up?

9. How does Joe retaliate for Lorna's hurtful comments toward him?

10. Describe how Joe goes from the height of glory to the depths of depression in a matter of minutes after the knockout fight with The Chocolate Drop.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Joe states that he has a few dreamlike episodes where he disassociates himself from his actions. Why do you think he does this? Are these situations really just dreams or are they really happening? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Odet's use of symbolism and imagery in the book as related to the violin. What does the violin represent? Which characters are especially affected by the violin and what does it mean to them?

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