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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. Who is Delphine?

2. In what city does Win Everett initially want to stage the assassination attempt?

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

4. According to Bannister on June 19th, who does Kennedy travel with at all times?

5. What does Win talk to his wife about at the end of the chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does George de Mohrenschildt tell Parmenter about Oswald in this chapter?

2. Why is Lee banned from the Sproul house?

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

4. How does Lee fair in the brig?

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

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

7. Who are the exiles on May 20th?

8. What does Lee read about in New Orleans?

9. How does Lee meet David Ferrie?

10. How does Lee meet Konno in Atsugi?

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

Write an essay about insanity and disassociation in Libra. What mechanisms does Lee Oswald use to assume false identities, and how does this allow him disassociate himself from his actions? Discuss how Lee's view of the world becomes skewed. What delusions does he desperately hold on to? What false patterns does he begin to see in everyday life, and how does this fuel his willingness to kill Kennedy?

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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