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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. After leaving Fort Worth, what country does Oswald's travel visa expire in?

2. Why, according to Parmenter, did the Bay of Pigs invasion fail?

3. What city does T-Jay call at the end of April 17th?

4. In 20 May, what request does Oswald make in Bannister's office?

5. How is Lee's behavior in the brig?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What plans does Parmenter tell Mackey on May 20th?

4. Why is Oswald brought back to Moscow?

5. What strange items has the CIA curator provided Branch with?

6. How does Lee meet Konno in Atsugi?

7. On October 4th, what does Branch learn about Kennedy's Miami visit?

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

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

10. Describe the conversation between Ruby and Tony Astorina on September 25th.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the character of Marguerite. How does Don DeLillo use her to frame the story, and to what extent does she reemerge as a sort of Greek chorus, commenting on Lee's fate? Why do her passages often involve the first person? Analyze her personality and neuroses: how do they reveal an ability to see the world as it is?

Essay Topic 2

In Libra, Oswald's existence and objectives seem to shift depending on what setting he inhabits. Write an essay about three locations and how Oswald lives his life there. What seems to be his goal in life? Who does he associate with, and what image does he project? Discuss how this persona of Oswald is different from the one in his previous home and in his future home?

Part 1) In Atsugi

Part 2) In Minsk

Part 3) In New Orleans

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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