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

2. What surrounds Main Street?

3. What is the name of the in-crowd in Gopher Prairie?

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

5. In Chapter 15, what role does Carol attempt to perfect?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Fern accused of by Mrs. Bogart and what is the effect on Fern?

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

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

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

5. What is Carol worried about when she leaves from first private talk with Guy Pollock?

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

7. 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?

8. When Carol hosts a salon, what is the result?

9. What drives Carol to go to Los Angeles?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Dr. Kennicott is a cornerstone of the community, due to his medical experience. How is the medical community portrayed in "Main Street"?

Part 1) Discuss the type of medicine Dr. Kennicott practices.

Part 2) Analyze the type of patients Dr. Kennicott serves.

Part 3) Determine the level of purpose Dr. Kennicott's profession gives him in his life.

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