Laughter in the Dark 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. On Axel's last morning at Margot's flat, what does he do?

2. What does Margot realize by visiting Albert's flat?

3. While thinking over her marriage, what sign of Albert's infidelity did Elisabeth come to realize?

4. While staying at Margot's, what does Albert write in his letter to Elisabeth?

5. What epidemic does Albert note seems to spread among the wives of his fellow scholars?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Albert track down Margot's new address?

2. In Chapter 10, what amazes Albert about Margot?

3. How does Margot end up acting in a film in Chapter 15?

4. Why does Margot weep after running into Axel again at the dinner party?

5. Describe Albert and Margot's first encounter.

6. What does Albert decide he must do in order to stop tormenting himself about his family's absence?

7. What does Otto tell Albert when he comes to Margot's flat in Chapter 11?

8. What did Margot think of Elisabeth based on her photo?

9. How does Elisabeth find out about Albert's affair?

10. Describe the relationship between Albert and his wife as the novel begins.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the motif of jealousy in the novel "Laughter in the Dark." Who is jealous of whom in the novel? How do the characters show their jealousy, and is their jealousy based on anything other than their insecurities?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the author of the novel "Laughter in the Dark." What are some of his other works? What are some parallels between "Laughter in the Dark" and his other work? Are there any elements in "Laughter in the Dark" which Nabokov borrows from his own experiences?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the setting of the novel "Laughter in the Dark." Where is the novel set? What time period does the novel take place in? Does this time period affect the plot or characters? What do the places in which the characters live, work, and visit tell the reader about them?

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