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 does the Soviet government move Lee after his suicide attempt?

2. With whom does Marina spend much of her time in Texas?

3. What does Oswald say to Kirilenko about the U-2 pilot?

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

5. In Mexico City, what embassy does Lee go to after the Cuban embassy brushes him off?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lee meet George de Mohrenschildt?

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

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

4. Why is Oswald brought back to Moscow?

5. Describe the interviews Oswald has in Moscow?

6. What do Frank and Raymo commiserate about on July 2nd?

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

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

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

10. What strange items has the CIA curator provided Branch with?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

In Libra, the author makes a clear statement regarding a conspiracy to kill Kennedy. He also includes characters in the text that illustrate the ire toward Kennedy felt by others in the country. Write an essay about three individuals who represent possible threats to the President. What is each character's specific problem with Kennedy? How does he express this outrage, and why is he ultimately not a central planner of the killing?

Part 1) Parmenter

Part 2) Astorina

Part 3) Bannister

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the duel narrative structure of Libra. What story does each narrative tell, and where do they connect? Who is the protagonist of each? Discuss how having two narratives allows DeLillo to discuss Oswald and the conspiracy evenly? Which narrative seems more focused and driven? Why?

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