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. Why does Robert not want to buy from Ferrie?
2. Ostensibly, how did David Ferrie die?
3. What is lee regularly quizzed on in the brig?
4. What topic does Konno become particularly interested in with Lee?
5. What was Marguerite's job that she was fired from in New Orleans?
Short Essay Questions
1. What new plan is Frank Vasquez hatching on September 6th?
2. How does Guy Bannister respond to the Kennedy plot?
3. On October 4th, what does Branch learn about Kennedy's Miami visit?
4. How does Lee and Marina's relationship begin?
5. Who does Marguerite blame for her life in the Bronx?
6. What does David Ferrie do in the Bannister office in this chapter?
7. What does Lee read about in New Orleans?
8. How does DeLillo portray the shooting of Kennedy?
9. Why is Parmenter especially angry about the Bay of Pigs debacle?
10. Why is Oswald brought back to Moscow?
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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
Essay Topic 3
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?
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