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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 was Marguerite's job that she was fired from in New Orleans?

2. What does Ferrie mask by his conversation with Delphine?

3. What tests does Lee Oswald observe while in Atsugi?

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

5. What has just happened to Lee at the beginning of New Orleans?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lee read about in New Orleans?

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

3. Why is Lee Oswald punished before shipping out?

4. What initial actions do the CIA men take for their plan on April 17th?

5. Who are the exiles on May 20th?

6. How does Lee meet Konno in Atsugi?

7. Who is Walter Everett, Jr.?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about Lee Oswald's private relationship with the concept of history. At what point in Oswald's personal development does he begin to consider himself a major player of history? How does he try to impress himself upon the scope of history? Discuss the process by which Oswald realizes he will not affect history in a positive way, and how this skews his view of the world.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel Lee Oswald seems uncomfortable with the notion of his own sexuality. In a three-part essay, explore how Oswald tries and fails to explore his sexual being and falls deeper into his own darkness as a result.

Part 1) Discuss Lee Oswald's romantic life in Atsugi. What is the nature of the woman to whom he loses his virginity? How does she initiate him into the realm of sexuality? What must he give up to her companions as a result?

Part 2) How does Lee Oswald meet Marina, and how does their romantic relationship develop? Discuss the process by which their relationship deteriorates, and how they relate to each other by the end of the novel.

Part 3) Discuss Lee's relationship with Dave Ferrie. How do they first meet, and is it readily apparent that Ferrie wants Oswald? How does this relationship develop? How does the sexual ambiguity of both men become apparent?

Essay Topic 3

Libra's central topic is the Kennedy assassination, but he also incorporates connections to other military-political events of the time. Write an essay about three of these events. What is their Cold War significance? How, in Libra, do they connect to the story of Lee Oswald? Are these connections historically accurate or largely invented by the author?

Part 1) The U-2 Incident

Part 2) The Bay of Pigs

Part 3) The General Walker shooting

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