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. Who do Sonny and Dwayne play pool with in Chapter 7?

2. Who does Jacy find her mother kissing in the foyer?

3. Sonny's father is injured how?

4. How much money does Lois lose to Abilene in craps?

5. Who is Jacy attracted to in Wichita?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Sonny make a connection with Ruth?

2. Why do you think Sonny goes and sees Ruth at the end of the book?

3. Why does Jacy decide to make an ally of Sonny?

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

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

6. What happens on the school bus on the way back to Thalia High School?

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

8. Why do you think Sonny reacts the way that he does to the men trying to console the truck driver?

9. Why did Sam never marry the girl from the tank?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Jacy is crushed when Abilene uses her and also when she finds out that Bobby Sheen married Annie. Jacy doesn't realize that she treated Dwayne, Lester, and Sonny that same way. Write an essay about why you feel Jacy is unable to make that connection.

Essay Topic 3

The first time Sonny drives Ruth to the doctor there is an uncomfortable silence in the car for the ride there. What do you think Sonny is thinking? What do you think Ruth is thinking? Why do you think neither one of them spoke?

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