Legends of the Fall Test | Final 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. What poet does Isabel invite for dinner?

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

3. How does Alfred end up in the hospital?

4. After the graduation reception, Nordstrom tries to give Sonia what?

5. What alerts Nordstrom to Berto's entrance?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nordstrom discuss with his psychiatrist?

2. How does Alfred feel about Susannah? Does she feel the same in return?

3. What takes place during Sarah and Nordstrom's meeting?

4. What are the consequences for Tristan's beating of the officer?

5. Why does Tristan marry Susannah? How does Susannah seem to feel about him? How do you know this?

6. How do the boys learn of Samuel's death? How does Tristan react to his death?

7. How does Tristan spend seven years with his new wife?

8. What does Nordstrom write in his diary?

9. Why does Ludlow send One Stab to Helena?

10. What does Tristan do during the six years he spends at sea?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Nordstrom has a preoccupation with sexuality.

Part 1) How is this reflected in his relationships? What might cause this preoccupation?

Part 2) How does his sexuality change throughout the story? With what other events do these sexual or lack of sexual feelings parallel?

Part 3) Would you consider this preoccupation normal? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Cochran's feelings of hopelessness are symbolized.

Part 1) Why does Cochran feel hopeless? How is this symbolized?

Part 2) How and why is some of this symbolism related to his hopelessness found throughout the story?

Part 3) How does Cochran deal with his feelings of hopelessness? How does this affect others in the story?

Part 4) When have you felt hopeless? How did you deal with it? How does this help you understand what Cochran is going through?

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