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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 skill does Bannister assure Mackey that Dave Ferrie can provide?

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

3. At the beginning of 17 April, how long has Nicholas Branch been researching the assassination?

4. What coup did Parmenter plan?

5. Why does Lee withhold certain information from Konno in their conversations?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Lee's life in New Orleans like?

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

3. Who are the exiles on May 20th?

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

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

6. Why is Lee banned from the Sproul house?

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

8. Describe Nicholas Branch's life.

9. Discuss how Branch sees death surrounding Oswald?

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

As the catalyst for the Kennedy assassination, Win Everett is a strangely benign and ambiguous figure. In an essay, discuss the grievances he expresses regarding the Kennedy administration. What does he want his fake assassination to achieve? Based on these goals, does Everett seem left or right in his political leanings? Is he an inherently violent man?

Essay Topic 3

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

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