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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. Why does Lee withhold certain information from Konno in their conversations?

2. What does Marguerite complain about at the end of the chapter?

3. Why is Lee place in the brig at Atsugi?

4. What role does Parmenter think Oswald can play in the plot?

5. What topic does Konno become particularly interested in with Lee?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Lee's life in New Orleans like?

4. Why do Lee and Marguerite argue in New Orleans?

5. Why is Lee banned from the Sproul house?

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

7. Why, according to Parmenter, did the Bay of Pigs invasion fail?

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

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

10. Discuss how Branch sees death surrounding Oswald?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In writing Libra, Don DeLillo faces the deep challenge to make an unimaginably despised man understandable. Write an essay in three parts discussing three unthinkable actions that Oswald undertakes in the novel:

Part 1) How does DeLillo dramatize Oswald's suicide attempt in Moscow? Discuss what leads up to this self-destructive act and whether Oswald seems committed to his own negation. What is going through Oswald's head as he cuts his wrists? What is relatable about these passages?

Part 2) How does Don DeLillo introduce domestic violence into the novel? Discuss how the author portrays the protagonist's mindset as he begins beating Marina. Why does he begin striking her? Can the reader understand his rationale.

Part 3) Discuss Lee Oswald's perception of the assassination as he plays his active role in it. Compare it to the reactions of those on the street. At what point does he acknowledge what he has done? Does she ever fully accept his culpability?

Essay Topic 2

As the catalyst for the Kennedy assassination, Win Everett is a strangely benign and ambiguous figure. In an essay, discuss the grievances he expresses regarding the Kennedy administration. What does he want his fake assassination to achieve? Based on these goals, does Everett seem left or right in his political leanings? Is he an inherently violent man?

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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