Goodbye, Columbus 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. How is Brenda dressed when she comes to the porch where Neil is?

2. What surprise does Brenda have in store for Neil?

3. What disappointing news does Neil get from Brenda?

4. Where does Mrs. Patimkin send Neil?

5. How do Brenda and Neil begin to talk about their relationship?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Neil get his hopes up only to be dashed again?

2. Why does Neil see Harriet as a perfect match for Ron?

3. What is foreshadowed while Neil is at he house alone while the Patimkins go to the airport for Harriet?

4. What is strange about Mr. Patimkin's behavior at the wedding reception?

5. What is the result of Neil's prayer in St. Patrick's cathedral?

6. What key event happens in Ron's room?

7. How does Brenda suggest she make an athlete out of Neil?

8. As Neil and Brenda talk, what changes in the way they describe their relationship?

9. How does Neil view family members on both sides of the bridal couple?

10. What is making Mr. Patimkin sad about bringing Ron into the family business?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A tennis player who became famous about the time Mrs. Patimkin was a state champion was a woman who came to be called Gorgeous Gussie Moran. Look up information on her and write a few paragraphs on her impact on women's tennis and what you think Mrs. Patimkin might have thought of her.

Essay Topic 2

In the time setting of GOOD-BYE COLUMBUS it is the 1950s when unmarried pregnant girls were pariahs but the boys involved were overlooked as boys just being boys. Write a paper on how you think the story of Neil and Brenda would be different today.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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