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 sport can the Thalia students play if they don't sneak off for lunch?

2. Sonny realizes that Charlene would rather be dating who while watching the movie at the picture show?

3. What does Sonny say to Sam when he sees him at the cafe after being banned?

4. When Sonny gets back to the rooming house, who does he fantasize about until he falls asleep?

5. Who or what does Leroy suggest the group of boys go have sex with after the annual square dance?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Marlene think about Charlene being sent away to have her baby when Charlene isn't pregnant?

2. What happens when Ruth finds out that her husband had Mr. Cecil fired?

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

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

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

6. Why is Coach Popper's class the most popular at Thalia High School?

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

8. Why do you think Jacy decides to go with Sonny?

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

10. What is Lois' purpose in telling Jacy not to marry Dwayne?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jacy's wristwatch ended up being extremely symbolic. Explain why.

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

Lois is the only woman that openly drinks in Thalia. Why do you think she is alone in this? What makes her different from the other women?

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