Henry and June: From a Journal of Love: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1931-1932 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. By Nin's standards, what outlived reality?

2. When Nin read Miller's new novel in February, how did she feel about it?

3. Why did Nin first sleep with Henry Miller?

4. In what year did "Henry and June" begin?

5. Nin referred to a period of time she spent in a certain city in February of 1932, though never revealed what happened there. What city was this?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Nin juggle her conflicting affections for both Miller and Mansfield in March?

2. Why did Nin begin to doubt Mansfield's mental stability?

3. Describe the exhibition Nin and Hugo attend.

4. What was significant about Nin allowing so many people to read her journal?

5. Why was Hugo worried about Nin's affair with Miller?

6. How did Nin realize that she might be falling in love with Miller in March?

7. How did Miller admit to feeling about Nin around March?

8. How did Perles begin to feel about Nin in March?

9. Why did Hugo hate Mansfield so intensely upon meeting her?

10. How did Nin and Miller's relationship evolve during March?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Nin from the beginning of her journal to the end, from her changes in personality to her changes in lovers. Trace her personal journey from the beginning to the end and what it revealed about the woman herself.

Essay Topic 2

How was Nin's need for validation from many different people (usually men) in her life related to her neuroses, possible Oedipal complex, and her many different lovers? In what ways was this driving need for approval the basis of her relationship with Miller?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how Nin's many relationships ultimately changed her and why. Be sure to include her non-sexual or romantic relationships in this topic, as well as whether she was aware or satisfied with these changes and why.

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