Main Street 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. In Chapter 5, Carol refers to Dr. Kennicott as what?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 9, how does Carol treat the townspeople?

3. How long does it take Carol to walk the town?

4. If farmers controlled Dr. Kennicott's rate, he's concerned they'd do what?

5. Carol raves about her husband to whom, following the Dutch woman's surgery?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Carol start a dramatic society?

2. Why does Carol choose not to plan for a new home?

3. At what point does Carol make the decision that she has to stop being embarrassed about the gossip and make a place for herself in the town?

4. Why does Dr. Kennicott want Carol to shop at a different grocery store than the one she has been using? How does she feel about this?

5. Why does Carol panic when she arrives in Gopher Prairie?

6. The townspeople often ask Carol is she "finds Gopher Prairie pleasing." Why is their interest ironic?

7. What does Carol discover as the only sensible response to the tyranny of any small town like Gopher Prairie?

8. What is the Village Virus and who describes it to Carol?

9. On the train ride Carol takes in Chapter 3, how are the passengers described?

10. How does Dr. Kennicott react to Maud's invitation and why does he follow through?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Setting is an important part of any novel, as it shapes the actions and lifestyle of the characters.

Part 1) Compare and contrast the different settings in "Main Street."

Part 2) Examine the effect of each setting on Carol.

Part 3) Determine why Carol's story is better told from the backdrop of Gopher Prairie.

Essay Topic 2

Upon moving to Gopher Prairie, Carol makes snap judgments about the citizens who live there, based on the words of a few.

Part 1) What misconceptions does Carol make about the citizens of Gopher Prairie?

Part 2) What are moments in the text where Carol realizes she was too hasty a judge?

Part 3) How does Carol's opinion of the citizens of Gopher Prairie change as she gets to know them?

Essay Topic 3

In order to avoid facing the dull reality of her life, Carol often relies on fantasy. Discuss the various fantasies Carol puts to use to make her life in Gopher Prairie bearable.

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