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. Which famous Communist does Lee become obsessed with in New Orleans?

2. What is Guy Bannister's response to T-Jay Mackey's proposed operation?

3. Why does Lee visit the Sproul house in New Orleans?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Lee banned from the Sproul house?

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

5. Why is Lee Oswald punished before shipping out?

6. How does Lee fair in the brig?

7. Discuss how Branch sees death surrounding Oswald?

8. What confidential information does Lee reveal to Konno in Atsugi?

9. How does Lee meet David Ferrie?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The main framing device of the two narratives of Libra is the figure of Nicholas Branch. In an essay, discuss the Branch storyline in the novel. Who is Nicholas Branch, and what is his objective in the novel? How does his life devolve in a fashion similar to Oswald's? Discuss the extent to which the rest of Libra is the product of Nicholas Branch's work.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the duel narrative structure of Libra. What story does each narrative tell, and where do they connect? Who is the protagonist of each? Discuss how having two narratives allows DeLillo to discuss Oswald and the conspiracy evenly? Which narrative seems more focused and driven? Why?

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