The Human Stain 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. What did Delphine try to use on Coleman when she was interviewing for her current job?

2. In what animal does Faunia seem to take a particular interest?

3. Delphine decides to write a ________ to appear in the New York Review of Books.

4. Coleman watches a group of people who are likely members of the _________ classes and he thinks he should be one of them.

5. Who is the vet who is determined to help Les when he gets out of the VA hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Coleman tell his children about his own parents when his children were much younger?

2. What are Delphine's ideas about women and about their sexuality?

3. What does Lisa think about Coleman's obvious attraction to Faunia?

4. Why did Coleman decide to never tell his children or his wife about his racial heritage?

5. What was the complaint that Coleman refused to listen to from a student, which made Delphine an adversary?

6. What are the three men on the campus of Athena College talking about as Coleman is sitting on a bench?

7. What happens to stop Coleman from going to Delphine's office to confront her?

8. How does Nathan encounter Coleman and Faunia at the open rehearsal of the Boston Symphony?

9. What is in the content of the first letter that Delphine writes to Coleman, though she tears it up?

10. What does Nathan come to realize is the reason why Coleman stayed away from him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of this book is certainly striking in and of itself, even before a reader dives into the text.

Part 1: What did you think the title referred to when you first picked up the book?

Part 2: Having read the book, how does the title relate to the book?

Part 3: The idea of a stain implies a negative meaning. Does this title have a negative connotation? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Delphine is an interesting character, one who seems to want to help Coleman and yet hurt him, too.

Part 1: Why do you think the Delphine is so quick to attack Coleman?

Part 2: Do you believe Delphine might have feelings toward Coleman? Why or why not?

Part 3: What do you think might happen if Delphine were to confess her true feelings about Coleman?

Essay Topic 3

Coleman passes most of his life as a white man, obtaining many of the privileges and power that come along with this race.

Part 1: Do you think that Coleman made the right decision in portraying himself as white? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think that Coleman had the intelligence to be in the positions he was in regardless of his race? Why or why not?

Part 3: In the time frame of the story, do you think Coleman needed to hide his race from others anymore? Why or why not?

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