Let the Great World Spin 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. What does Corrigan lock himself onto on every anniversary of Hiroshima, according to the narrator in Book 1, Chapter 1: "All Respects to Heaven, I Like It Here"?

2. Sam says in Book 2, Chapter 6: "Etherwest" that he's been hanging out at the institute since he was how old?

3. What odd habit does the walker adopt while living in the cabin and training in the meadow?

4. How much does Fernando consider to be "serious money" that the girl got for getting a photo on the cover of the Village Voice?

5. From what college did Compton graduate?

Short Essay Questions

1. What brings Lara to the hospital in Book 1, Chapter 3: “A Fear of Love”? What does she discover at the hospital?

2. What does Marcia describe when she arrives in Book 1, Chapter 2: “Miro, Miro on the Wall”? Why is Marcia’s story significant?

3. How would you describe the narrative style of Book 1, Chapter 4: “Let the Great World Spin Forever Down”?

4. From what narrative perspective is Book One, Chapter 1: “All Respects to Heaven, I Like It Here” related? Who is the focus of this chapter?

5. How is the central conflict resolved in Book 1, Chapter 2: “Miro, Miro on the Wall”?

6. What is the central conflict of Corrigan in Book One, Chapter 1: “All Respects to Heaven, I Like It Here”?

7. What happens when the walker jumps into the snow in Book 1, Chapter 4: “Let the Great World Spin Forever Down”?

8. Who is the narrator of Book 1, Chapter 2: “Miro, Miro on the Wall”? Who is the protagonist in this chapter?

9. What action breaks the initial tension described in the Prologue? Why?

10. What is the passion of the protagonist in Book 2, Chapter 5: “Tag”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the character of Sam Peters in the novel. How old is Sam? What is his nickname? Where does Sam live? Why do you think the author chooses to relate Sam’s story in Let the Great World Spin? How does Sam’s character connect with the other protagonists in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the themes of interconnectedness and the persistence of life in Let the Great World Spin. How are these themes developed through character, setting, symbolism, and imagery? How does the author reflect these themes through other stylistic choices in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the walker’s reasons for performing his stunt at the World Trade Center towers. For how long has the walker trained for this stunt? How has he trained? How is the event itself described for the walker?

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