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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. In the Bronx, why does Marguerite claims she cannot make her son go to school?

2. On June 19th, which famous outlaw does Bannister say he took down?

3. In what city did George de Mohrenschildt meet Oswald?

4. How have Raymo and Frank been making money in recent years?

5. Who is Robert Sproul?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Nicholas Branch's life.

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

3. What initial actions do the CIA men take for their plan on April 17th?

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

5. What does Lee Oswald do on his base in Atsugi?

6. Who are the exiles on May 20th?

7. How is Lee isolated in the first chapter of the novel?

8. Why does Lee go to meet Dr. Braunfels in Atsugi?

9. How does Lee meet David Ferrie?

10. What information about Oswald does Win receive at the beginning of June 19th?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Libra, individuals resort to violence when they feel trapped and marginalized in their lives. Discuss this striking out that occurs when characters feel they have no other options in a three-part essay:

Part 1) What indignities and profession setbacks has Win Everett suffered prior to the events of the novel? Why does he feel he has no voice in the intelligence community? Discuss how he decides staging an assassination attempt will remedy these injustices.

Part 2) Discuss the dreams and hopes that Lee Oswald has throughout the novel, and how their failure leads him to consider murder as an alternative. What purpose does the assassination serve for him personally? How does he feel empowered?

Part 3) What personal challenges is Jack Ruby facing when DeLillo introduces him near the end of the novel? What tactics does he use to avoid complete failure? What role does the murder of Oswald play in his personal redemption?

Essay Topic 2

The assassination passage of Libra is a harrowing and disturbing series of pages, but it clearly elucidates the reality of the day. In an essay, discuss how Don DeLillo frames the events on November 22, 1963 in this passage. Whose point of view does the author tell the assassination from? Is the passage linear in its chronology? How does the author eventually make clear who killed Kennedy?

Essay Topic 3

Libra's central topic is the Kennedy assassination, but he also incorporates connections to other military-political events of the time. Write an essay about three of these events. What is their Cold War significance? How, in Libra, do they connect to the story of Lee Oswald? Are these connections historically accurate or largely invented by the author?

Part 1) The U-2 Incident

Part 2) The Bay of Pigs

Part 3) The General Walker shooting

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