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

2. What does Win suggest will turn Kennedy's attention to Castro again?

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

4. Which Cold War icon does Lee loudly discuss at the Sproul house?

5. What topic do Konno and Lee most often discuss?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Walter Everett, Jr.?

3. Describe Nicholas Branch's life.

4. Why is Parmenter especially angry about the Bay of Pigs debacle?

5. Who does Marguerite blame for her life in the Bronx?

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

7. Why is Lee banned from the Sproul house?

8. Discuss how Branch sees death surrounding Oswald?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay about the nihilistic tone of Libra. To what extend do the events of the novel add up to a sum of nothing thematically? What impels Lee Oswald toward his final end? Does Win Everett achieve anything he intended? In the end, does President Kennedy die for any reason? Discuss if the world of Libra is one in which fate or some higher power guides characters' ends.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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