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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. Who is the vet who is determined to help Les when he gets out of the VA hospital?
2. What does Delphine accuse Coleman of sending in her name, even though she says she did not write it?
3. Faunia often imagines she is a ___________ stuck in a human body, and she admires this animal.
4. Les realizes he must __________ Coleman in order to make things right with his buddy.
5. Despite a broken __________ and a tattoo from his experience, Coleman survived.
Short Essay Questions
1. What are Delphine's ideas about women and about their sexuality?
2. Why did Coleman decide to never tell his children or his wife about his racial heritage?
3. What does Coleman encourage Faunia to do that Steena once did with him in the past?
4. What does Coleman think when he sees the members of the Elderhostel classes walking to the dining hall?
5. How does Nathan encounter Coleman and Faunia at the open rehearsal of the Boston Symphony?
6. What did Coleman tell his children about his own parents when his children were much younger?
7. What was the complaint that Coleman refused to listen to from a student, which made Delphine an adversary?
8. What is the real reason Faunia gets angry with Coleman for reading to her when they get up the next morning?
9. What does Faunia end up doing with the ring Coleman gave to her?
10. What is one of the lessons that Les has to endure as a part of his new therapy with a fellow Vietnam vet?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The idea of the professor having an affair of sorts with the illiterate janitor is a little bit contrived, some would say.
Part 1: Do you think a professor and a janitor would realistically have an affair with each other? Why or why not?
Part 2: Why do you think Faunia and Coleman are attracted to each other?
Part 3: Do you think that Faunia and Coleman would have had a shot at being together? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Race is a large part of this story, even when it isn't directly discussed. But race becomes the motivating force behind many decisions.
Part 1: How is race defined within this story by its characters?
Part 2: Is race only a matter of the color of one's skin? Why or why not?
Part 3: If you could change the way you look to others, would you? Would you present yourself as a different race? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The choice Coleman makes to not talk about his racial background causes grief for many people in his life - even if they don't realize it.
Part 1: How might Coleman's life have been different had he been upfront about his race?
Part 2: What might have happened with the "spoof" incident had Coleman confessed his background?
Part 3: How might Coleman's family life have been different had he been honest about his heritage?
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