Lie Down in Darkness Test | Mid-Book 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 does Mr. Casper do to the hearse at the beginning of Chapter 2?

2. What is the main industry in Port Warwick?

3. Where is Peyton's birthday party held?

4. Who is the funeral director?

5. What is Peyton unable to do in relationships?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Dolly rides in the limousine on the way to the cemetery, what are her thoughts about her relationship with Milton?

2. What is the role of the country club for the Loftis family's dysfunctions?

3. How does LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS begin?

4. What is the symbolism of the hearse that keeps breaking down on the way to the cemetery?

5. How do thoughts of Peyton lead Milton to think about his own father and what does he recall about that relationship?

6. How can Dolly best be characterized?

7. What are some of Helen's recollections in Chapter 1?

8. What did Peyton and Buster do to Maudie that ends in Helen's slapping Peyton in front of people?

9. How does Helen feel about Dolly and her husband and when does she know there is something going on between Dolly and Milton?

10. Describe Dolly's feelings about Peyton.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Dolly. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 3

Even though they are both important in Milton's life, Helen and Dolly are very different. Compare and contrast Helen and Dolly. What similarities do they share? How are they different?

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