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

2. In Chapter 10, Carol feels like her house is what?

3. What does The Red Swede call the Jolly Seventeen?

4. What is the Thantopsis?

5. Carol is described as being the most what in her college class?

Short Essay Questions

1. Mrs. Bogart raised her sons to be good Christian boys. How do they turn out?

2. What is Carol's response to the film "Right on the Coco"?

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

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

5. In Carol's eyes, how does the country compare to Main Street, and when does she determine this?

6. What "great change" happens to Carol in Chapter 19?

7. During the summer, where do the women of Gopher Prairie leave their petty concerns behind?

8. What is Carol's family background and how does this affect her financial situation?

9. What makes Carol return to Gopher Prairie for good?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As an orphan and an outsider to Gopher Prairie, it appears as though Carol's life follows a path toward loneliness.

Part 1) How does the idea of loneliness appear in the novel?

Part 2) How does Carol react to loneliness?

Part 3) Does Carol run from loneliness or invite it?

Essay Topic 2

Carol's marriage to Dr. Kennicott and her move to Gopher Prairie is partly due to his suggestion that Carol can reform the town. Discuss the various ways Carol tries to live up this suggestion and whether her actions get results.

Essay Topic 3

Choose from one of the following characters. Determine which character is the most toxic to Carol and why.

Part 1) Dr. Kennicott.

Part 2) Mrs. Bogart.

Part 3) Vida.

(see the answer keys)

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