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

2. Where does Lee's mother go in this chapter to find out where her son is?

3. What gadget does the FBI provide Oswald with?

4. What is the name of the KGB agent who becomes Oswald's close acquaintance?

5. In 2 July, what does Ferrie want from Carmine Latta?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the conversation between Ruby and Tony Astorina on September 25th.

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

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

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

10. On August 12th, what concerns does Win Everett express to Parmenter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the character of Marguerite. How does Don DeLillo use her to frame the story, and to what extent does she reemerge as a sort of Greek chorus, commenting on Lee's fate? Why do her passages often involve the first person? Analyze her personality and neuroses: how do they reveal an ability to see the world as it is?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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