Let the Great World Spin 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. How does the walker exit the tightrope in Book 2, Chapter 8: "The Ringing Grooves of Change"?

2. What is Tillie's last name in the novel?

3. Who is revealed to be Ciaran's wife in Book 4, Chapter 12: "Roaring Seaward, And I Go"?

4. How old was Gloria when her father suffered a mild heart attack?

5. Solomon Soderberg perceives New York as a city that is uninterested in what, according to the narrator in Book 3, Chapter 9: "Part of the Parts"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How would you describe the narrative style of Book 3, Chapter 10: “Centavos”?

2. What is Tillie’s decision at the end of Book 2, Chapter 7: “This is the House That Horse Built”? What leads to this decision?

3. How does the protagonist of Book 3, Chapter 9: “Part of the Parts” perceive his job?

4. How is the protagonist’s childhood described in Book 3, Chapter 11: “All Hail and Hallelujah”?

5. What impact has Corrigan’s death had on Adelita’s perceptions of their relationship in Book 3, Chapter 10: “Centavos”?

6. What is the protagonist’s destination in Book 4, Chapter 12: “Roaring Seaward, And I Go”? Why is she going to this destination?

7. How would you describe the narrative style of Book 2, Chapter 7: “This is the House That Horse Built”?

8. How are the losses of the protagonist described in Book 3, Chapter 11: “All Hail and Hallelujah”?

9. Whom does the protagonist meet on the airplane in Book 4, Chapter 12: “Roaring Seaward, And I Go”? How is this character described?

10. Who is the protagonist of Book 3, Chapter 9: “Part of the Parts”? Where was this character previously introduced?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the character of Judge Solomon Soderberg. In what chapters does Solomon appear? How does Solomon’s story relate to the other main characters in the novel? How does Judge Soderberg feel about his job?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the plot structure of Let the Great World Spin. How traditionally is the narrative structured? In what ways is the novel’s structure unique in comparison with other works you’ve read? Did you feel satisfied that all of the “loose ends” were tied up in the ending? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Adelita’s story in Let the Great World Spin. How would you define Adelita’s central conflict in the narrative? Is this conflict resolved by the end of the novel? Why or why not?

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