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. Why does Genevieve say Sonny has lost weight?

2. Where does Jacy want to go to school?

3. Which character uses pills to get to sleep?

4. When Sonny breaks up with Charlene she goes crying to who?

5. What does Lois tell Jacy about Dwayne during their talk together?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which character is lonely in Chapter 1? Give at least one example from Chapter 1 where it shows their loneliness.

2. Why are Sonny and Dwayne shocked to see the diner dark?

3. After Jacy is with Abilene she has a pivotal moment that she shares with her mom Lois. What is it?

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

5. Why do you think Sonny feels depressed that he isn't in the army?

6. Why does Jacy ask Sonny to marry her?

7. Why do you think Billy helps Sonny with his loneliness?

8. What seems to be some of the favorite pastimes in Thalia?

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

10. Which character seems to be a father figure to the boy characters? Give an example of him playing this role from the story.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sam reveals in Chapter 7 that the Farrows will be going broke soon. Write an essay about the effect money has on a family. The Farrows went from being broke to being rich to soon being poor again. They gave up a lot of their poor friends when becoming poor like Genevieve and her husband, so what will become of those relationships when the Farrows become broke again?

Essay Topic 2

Jacy is manipulative throughout this book. Discuss the different ways this trait helped her and hurt her throughout the book.

Essay Topic 3

It says in the book that after Sonny hit the referee in the back of the head during the basketball game he was a celebrity amongst the students. Why would this make him a celebrity? How long do you think this will last?

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