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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 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

In Libra, the author makes a clear statement regarding a conspiracy to kill Kennedy. He also includes characters in the text that illustrate the ire toward Kennedy felt by others in the country. Write an essay about three individuals who represent possible threats to the President. What is each character's specific problem with Kennedy? How does he express this outrage, and why is he ultimately not a central planner of the killing?

Part 1) Parmenter

Part 2) Astorina

Part 3) Bannister

Essay Topic 3

The assassination passage of Libra is a harrowing and disturbing series of pages, but it clearly elucidates the reality of the day. In an essay, discuss how Don DeLillo frames the events on November 22, 1963 in this passage. Whose point of view does the author tell the assassination from? Is the passage linear in its chronology? How does the author eventually make clear who killed Kennedy?

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