The Last Picture Show 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 does Lois tell Jacy about Dwayne during their talk together?

2. The book opens in which month?

3. What does Ruth see that makes her grip with panic?

4. What do Sonny and Dwayne eat at the all-night diner?

5. What happens when Ruth and Sonny come home from the doctor in Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Farrow's true money situation?

2. Why do you think there is tension between Sonny and his father?

3. What keeps bothering Ruth so much that she can't enjoy making love with Sonny?

4. What significance is Jacy to Bobby Sheen?

5. Why does Sam always take Sonny and Billy to the poorly stocked tank to go fishing?

6. Explain the ways that Sonny and Dwayne's friendship resembles a marriage.

7. Explain the exchange between Ruth and Dwayne at the annual square dance.

8. Do you think that everyone in Thalia figured out that Lois was in love with Sam by how she behaved at the funeral?

9. Describe the incident with Coach Popper in the hotel room with Bobby Logan.

10. Why is Mr. Cecil fired and who gets him fired?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

For some reason Sonny's life seems to be overlapping with not only the teenagers of the story but also the adults. This is not even true of his close friend, Dwayne. Write an essay explaining why and how Sonny seems to cross into both generations with his life.

Essay Topic 2

Sonny and his father have had some major losses in their lives including Sonny's mother. Due to the losses there is tension between these two characters throughout the story. Write an essay on the effects the losses have had on the two of them as individuals and on their relationship with each other. Which character do you think should be extending a branch to the other to help mend the relationship, and why?

Essay Topic 3

Everyone in Thalia knew that Sam was getting older. Why do you think it is such a shock to everyone in Thalia when Sam dies? How do you think Thalia is affected by the loss of Sam?

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