The Hairy Ape 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 word Yank uses do the men repeat?

2. Where does Paddy say Midred's father is making money?

3. What color does Paddy say the ocean is?

4. Which two engineers arrive in the stoke room with Mildred?

5. What are all the men in the fireman's forecastle dressed in?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rodin's The Thinker represent?

2. What does Yank say he remembers about Mildred?

3. How does the author the compare exploitation of the working classes with Christianity?

4. What image does the author say he is trying to set?

5. Why does Mildred say it is not important if she dirties her white dress?

6. What happens when the Yank releases the gorilla from its cage?

7. What does Yank decide is the only way to get back at people who have ruined his life?

8. What does Long say about the capitalist class?

9. Why is Yank angry with Mildred?

10. Where does Yank say is the sailor's home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In 1942, William Bendix starred in a film version of the Hairy Ape. Why do you think the themes and ideas in the book were still relevant 6 years later? How did the filmmakers adapt the themes to fit in with the new environment? How did these changes affect the meaning of the story?

Essay Topic 2

What are the arguments for and against communism? What are O'Neill's opinions on communism? Do you agree or disagree with O'Neill?

Essay Topic 3

Who are the IWW and how influential have the IWW been in American society? What are O'Neill's views of the IWW? How does he express his views in the book?

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