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 is Marina most excited about regarding Lee?

2. At the beginning 12 August, what do the two strippers decide about Jack Ruby?

3. What does Lee request of the State Department in this chapter?

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

5. On September 25th, what does Bannister say to Ferrie that they will do if Oswald refuses to take part in the plot?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Lee meet George de Mohrenschildt?

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

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

5. Why is Oswald brought back to Moscow?

6. On October 4th, what does Branch learn about Kennedy's Miami visit?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

As the catalyst for the Kennedy assassination, Win Everett is a strangely benign and ambiguous figure. In an essay, discuss the grievances he expresses regarding the Kennedy administration. What does he want his fake assassination to achieve? Based on these goals, does Everett seem left or right in his political leanings? Is he an inherently violent man?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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