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 indicates that Brenda and her family are concerned with status and appearance?

2. How does Neil avoid the issue of the boy wanting to check the Gauguin book out of the library?

3. Why does Aunt Gladys want Neil to leave the Patimkin's telephone number?

4. How has Mrs. Patimkin reinvented herself?

5. How is Neil's behavior the morning after his dinner with the Patimkin family?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the action between Neil and Brenda on the second day at the pool.

2. Early in the story what gives Neil away as a consummate romantic?

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

4. What is the image the reader gets of Ron as he joins Neil and Brenda at the pool?

5. How does Neil see Mr. Patimkin when he meets him at dinner?

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

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

8. 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?

9. Besides his week at Brenda's house, what else does Neil have to look forward to?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on whether you think Brenda was simply toying with Neil or whether she really was in love but could not face the problems their relationship would involve.

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper about world travel as a good education. Refer to Neil's being comfortable around all social classes of people as an example.

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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