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. In 2 July, where do Raymo and Frank discuss the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs fiasco?

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

4. Aside from Fidel Castro, what is General Edwin Walker a verbal opponent of?

5. Who is Hidell?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Oswald brought back to Moscow?

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

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

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

5. What new plan is Frank Vasquez hatching on September 6th?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the nihilistic tone of Libra. To what extend do the events of the novel add up to a sum of nothing thematically? What impels Lee Oswald toward his final end? Does Win Everett achieve anything he intended? In the end, does President Kennedy die for any reason? Discuss if the world of Libra is one in which fate or some higher power guides characters' ends.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the character of Dave Ferrie. What are the defining physical and psychological characteristics of this individual? What role does he play in the novel and in the plot to kill Kennedy? How does his relationship with Lee Oswald shift and develop over the course of the narrative? Discuss Ferrie's portrayal as a personification of perverted patriotism.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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