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. How long are Dwayne and Jacy necking in the car?

2. Which character is found sweeping a lot?

3. Sonny says yes to taking Ruth to the doctor because it will get him out of what class?

4. Who does Jacy go to the country club dance with?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Jacy upset with her mother at the annual square dance?

2. Explain what happens during the basketball game between Thalia High School and Paducah High School.

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

4. What do Sonny and Jacy do on their wedding night?

5. When Coach Popper is upset about only having nine boys show up for basketball practice, what does Coach Popper make the team do?

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

7. Why do you think Sonny and Dwayne choose to live above the pool hall?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Genevieve and Sonny's father could really be a comfort to one another. Explain why.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The characters maturity levels really cover the gamut in this story. How do you think the maturity differences affect the characters in their relationships?

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