Goodbye, Columbus 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 is the small boy who was outside growling at the lions asking for when he says he wants to see heart books?

2. What is Neil's impression of Brenda as she plays tennis?

3. What happens in the TV room later that night after Brenda returns?

4. What biased reaction does the head librarian have about the boy's wanting to look at art?

5. What is a reminder of the Patimkin family's past life in Newark?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Brenda do that suggests she is very infatuated with Neil?

2. What is learned about Mrs. Patimkin from the conversation Neil and Brenda have outside under a tree?

3. Explain the social and economic difference between Brenda and Neil.

4. Why is Neil not conscious of class distinctions?

5. Since they met that day at the Country Club, has Brenda forgotten the young man she asked to hold her glasses while she dived into the pool?

6. Relate what happens when Neil finds a refrigerator in the other part of the basement.

7. What rather strange job is given Neil the evening after the dinner?

8. Describe the relationship between Neil and Brenda during the summer.

9. What is Mrs. Patimkin's athletic involvement?

10. What does Neil tell Brenda about his family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper about how you feel about class consciousness. Express whether you think it still exists today. Be specific with your reasons and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper about a Jewish wedding ceremony. For those who are not Jewish, there is plenty of material to research. Write specifically about the symbolism that takes place during the ceremony.

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper about how the young boy in the library parallels Neil in terms of dreams and desires. Explain why Neil is so understanding of him and finally thinks it is best that he stopped looking at the Gauguin prints.

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