Legends of the Fall Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Susannah better?

2. Where does Tristan take a leave?

3. Why does Alfred buy a house in Helena?

4. What does Tristan do to the officer?

5. One Stab accompanies Tristan to the train station and gives Tristan what, which Tristan keeps until his death at age eighty-four?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Samuel's death is significant.

Part 1) How does Samuel die? How do his family and friends react? Why do the react this way?

Part 2) Why is his death significant? How does it affect the plot?

Part 3) How different would the story be if Samuel had not died? Why?

Essay Topic 2

A theme of REVENGE is taking control of one's life.

Part 1) How is this a theme? Which characters attempt this? How?

Part 2) Are the characters successful at controlling their lives? Why or why not?

Part 3) How is this theme relevant to real life? How can the reader relate to the characters in this story?

Essay Topic 3

Susannah commits suicide.

Part 1) Why does she commit suicide? What foreshadows her suicide? Could her suicide have been prevented? Why or why not?

Part 2) What role does Tristan play in Susannah's suicide? How could he have acted differently to possibly prevent this act?

Part 3) How does Tristan learn of Susannah's death? Why does he learn about it in this way? What does this reveal about Alfred?

Part 4) How does her death affect the other characters and the plot of the story? How might the story have ended if she had not died? Use the text to support your response.

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