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. What was Frank Vasquez's profession?

2. How does Oswald try to kill himself in Moscow?

3. What does Win Everett do before speaking with his wife in 15 July?

4. Into what port town do Marina and Lee arrive at the end of the chapter?

5. What do Lee and marina name their daughter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Oswald brought back to Moscow?

2. How does Lee Oswald decide to kill General Walker?

3. Why does Lee Oswald try to kill himself in Moscow?

4. How does Lee meet George de Mohrenschildt?

5. What does Oswald do in Dallas prior to killing Kennedy?

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

7. What role does writing play and Lee's life in Minsk?

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

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

10. What calls Oswald's testimony into question in Minsk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about insanity and disassociation in Libra. What mechanisms does Lee Oswald use to assume false identities, and how does this allow him disassociate himself from his actions? Discuss how Lee's view of the world becomes skewed. What delusions does he desperately hold on to? What false patterns does he begin to see in everyday life, and how does this fuel his willingness to kill Kennedy?

Essay Topic 2

The assassination passage of Libra is a harrowing and disturbing series of pages, but it clearly elucidates the reality of the day. In an essay, discuss how Don DeLillo frames the events on November 22, 1963 in this passage. Whose point of view does the author tell the assassination from? Is the passage linear in its chronology? How does the author eventually make clear who killed Kennedy?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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