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

2. What does Dr. Braunfels teach Lee in Atsugi?

3. What does Parmenter want hit in the assassination attempt besides the presidential limo?

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

5. What is Win Everett doing at the end of June 19th?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Win, Parmenter, and Mackey discuss in 17 April?

2. Why is Lee banned from the Sproul house?

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

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

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

6. What does Lee read about in New Orleans?

7. How does Guy Bannister respond to the Kennedy plot?

8. Discuss how Branch sees death surrounding Oswald?

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

10. Who are the exiles on May 20th?

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 novel Libra begins with a single CIA man having a plan to fake an assassination attempt and bringing two colleagues on board. Write an essay about each of these three men. What is each man's vested interest in this plan? What is he revenging? What goal does he wish to attain? In the end, how does this man lose control of the people he brings on board with the plot? What becomes of him?

Part 1) Everett

Part 2) Parmenter

Part 3) Mackey

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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