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 10, Carol feels like her house is what?

2. After learning that the town speaks of her, Carol wants comfort from whom?

3. Who does Carol meet through the Marburys?

4. How does The Red Swede make money in the spring?

5. Why does Carol call on the Perrys when Dr. Kennicott is out of town?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Maud attempt to lure Dr. Kennicott to her home?

2. When Dr. and Mrs. Kennicott return home, what is the response?

3. What is the reaction of the town when Bea and Olaf die?

4. Carol and the women at the bridge game argue about the maids' wages. Why?

5. What is Hugh's reaction upon Carol's description of what lies ahead for them, outside of Gopher Prairie?

6. What surprises Carol at the first meeting of the dramatic society?

7. In what way does Carol try to convince herself Gopher Prairie is like New York?

8. The library board shocks Carol. Why?

9. When Carol suggests studying something other than the Bible in the Thanatopsis meeting, the novel refers to it as Mrs. Dr. Kennicott "showing off." Why?

10. When first Erik comes to town, why do people make fun of him? How does Carol react to this?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"Main Street" is set in a time period where women begin to have freedom and options other than marriage. Analyze the various women who appear in the first several chapters of "Main Street" and how they reflect the time period of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Although Carol tries to conform to what is expected in Gopher Prairie, she does not always remain with a conventional set of friends. Discuss the various characters Carol has befriended and why. Include...

1. Guy Pollock.

2. Bea.

3. The Red Swede.

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