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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. With whom does Oswald live immediately after arriving in Fort Worth?
2. Why does Lee stop talking to his brother in Fort Worth?
3. Which Kennedy does Carmine Latta particularly hate?
4. On September 25th, what does Bannister say to Ferrie that they will do if Oswald refuses to take part in the plot?
5. In Dallas, who convinces Lee that his destiny is to kill Kennedy?
Essay Topic 1
The character of Lee Oswald in Libra is an ambiguous figure, one whose loyalty is never clear as he moves from place to place and relationship to relationship. Write a three-part essay analyzing the shifting loyalties Oswald illustrates throughout the novel:
Part 1) Discuss Oswald's defection to the Soviet Union. At what point in his life does he decide that he should live in a Communist country? How does Soviet society appeal to Lee Oswald, and why does he eventually decide to return to the United States?
Part 2) What is Lee Oswald's life like in New Orleans. Why does he become friends with right wingers life Bannister and Ferrie despite his leftist leanings? Discuss his reasons for working in Bannister's office and why these conservative players tolerate his pro-Castro literature.
Part 3) Discuss the mindset that Oswald displays as he waits in his jail cell following Kennedy's murder. How does he rationalize his participation in the murder plot? What defense does he think he can present to authorities? How does this represent a fractured psyche?
Essay Topic 2
The political world of the book world is one of interlocking yet competitive covert interests. Write an essay about how these interests affect the life of Lee Oswald. What are each of these interests' objectives, and what role is Oswald supposed to play in these objectives? Which of these covert groups gives up on Oswald and which places nearly all of its hopes on him?
Essay Topic 3
The novel Libra begins with a single CIA man having a plan to fake an assassination attempt and bringing two colleagues on board. Write an essay about each of these three men. What is each man's vested interest in this plan? What is he revenging? What goal does he wish to attain? In the end, how does this man lose control of the people he brings on board with the plot? What becomes of him?
Part 1) Everett
Part 2) Parmenter
Part 3) Mackey
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