Libra 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. As of April 17th, how many years have passed since the Bay of Pigs failure?

2. What does Win suggest will turn Kennedy's attention to Castro again?

3. Whose wife is Beryl?

4. At the beginning of 17 April, how long has Nicholas Branch been researching the assassination?

5. In 20 May, what request does Oswald make in Bannister's office?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lee fair in the brig?

2. Discuss how Branch sees death surrounding Oswald?

3. What does David Ferrie do in the Bannister office in this chapter?

4. What plans does Parmenter tell Mackey on May 20th?

5. What does Lee dream about doing while in New Orleans?

6. Who is Walter Everett, Jr.?

7. How does Lee meet Konno in Atsugi?

8. How do Parmenter and Win plan to incorporate Oswald into the plot?

9. What does Win Everett decide about the assassination location in 26 April?

10. Describe the colorful conversation Bannister has at a bar on June 19th.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about Lee Oswald's private relationship with the concept of history. At what point in Oswald's personal development does he begin to consider himself a major player of history? How does he try to impress himself upon the scope of history? Discuss the process by which Oswald realizes he will not affect history in a positive way, and how this skews his view of the world.

Essay Topic 2

The character of Marina Oswald is distinctly passive compared to the other major figures of the novel. Write an essay about Marina's function in Libra. How do she and Lee meet, and why does she come with him to America? Discuss how she reacts to his increasingly unhinged personality, including her coping with domestic abuse. How does Marina respond to the realization that Oswald killed the President?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the character of Dave Ferrie. What are the defining physical and psychological characteristics of this individual? What role does he play in the novel and in the plot to kill Kennedy? How does his relationship with Lee Oswald shift and develop over the course of the narrative? Discuss Ferrie's portrayal as a personification of perverted patriotism.

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