Libra Test | Final 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 Mexico City, what embassy does Lee go to after the Cuban embassy brushes him off?

2. How high does the captured U-2 pilot claim he was flying when shot down?

3. What does Tony Astorina tell Ruby about on September 25th?

4. What do Le and Marina do a short time after they meet?

5. What do the first two officers that interview Oswald determine about this truthfulness?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Lee and Marina settle into Fort Worth?

2. How are Oswald's plans stymied in Mexico City?

3. What money problems is Jack Ruby facing on August 12th?

4. How does Lee and Marina's relationship begin?

5. What deal does Lee strike with the FBI in New Orleans?

6. Why do Lee and Marina decide to return to America?

7. Why is Oswald brought back to Moscow?

8. How does Mackey subvert the assassination ploy on July 15th?

9. How does Lee meet George de Mohrenschildt?

10. Why does Carmine Latta help with the assassination attempt?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The main framing device of the two narratives of Libra is the figure of Nicholas Branch. In an essay, discuss the Branch storyline in the novel. Who is Nicholas Branch, and what is his objective in the novel? How does his life devolve in a fashion similar to Oswald's? Discuss the extent to which the rest of Libra is the product of Nicholas Branch's work.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the value of intelligence in Libra. How does the life of Lee Oswald reflect the way information is monetized? Why is Lee Oswald given a flat and a job in Minsk by the Soviets? Why do both the CIA and the FBI express interest in Oswald after his return to the US? Discuss how Oswald, because of his faulty understanding of his intelligence, proves useless to these agencies.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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