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. Where do Wayne Elko, Raymo, and Frank meet in 2 July?

2. What secrets do the Soviet interviewers ask Oswald about?

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

4. What does Lee regularly request of the Soviets while in Minsk?

5. What is Oswald asked to do by Kirilenko?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lee meet George de Mohrenschildt?

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

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

4. Describe Lee's life in Minsk after returning from the U-2 Interrogation.

5. How does Lee have a falling out with the FBI in New Orleans?

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

7. How does the move to Fort Worth affect Lee and Marina's marriage?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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