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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 does Albert remind Margot that he is buying for her in order to cheer her up in Chapter 24?
2. What does Margot say Axel is in the habit of confiding in her?
3. What service does Axel offer to provide Albert for his trip to the South?
4. What saved Albert's car from plunging over the parapet?
5. What language does Udo say he would gladly write in since Germany is unappreciative of his work?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 29, what does Udo say he heard while on the bus?
2. What does Albert come to realize as he lies alone in his hospital bed in Chapter 33?
3. How does Margot pass the time while she is recuperating from her illness in Chapter 20?
4. What occurs when Margot removes her coat in Chapter 31?
5. What does Albert find different about his vacation with Margot in Rouginard as opposed to their vacation in Solfi?
6. How does Margot feel about her film debut?
7. Why does Udo greet Albert with a bit of touchiness when they run into each other for a second time?
8. What lie does Albert tell Margot at the end of Chapter 24?
9. What does Albert think might happen at Irma's funeral?
10. How does Axel annoy Paul at Albert's building in Chapter 20?
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 Nabokov's use of suspense in the novel "Laughter in the Dark." When does the author create suspense and why? What effect does suspense have on the tone of the novel?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the protagonist of the novel, Albert Albinus. What character traits define him? What issues or struggles does he face in the novel? Is he a tragic hero? Why or why not?
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