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

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

4. At what age does Carol say she could have kissed Guy Pollock?

5. Carol asks for an allowance for what item?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Carol visits Guy Pollock for the first time, what simple gestures suddenly appear heightened?

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

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

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

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

6. How does the Christmas holiday affect Carol?

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

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

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

10. The novel Main Street declares what as the "great mystery about a human being?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Injustice is not uncommon in Gopher Prairie. Identify and analyze some of the injustices that are accepted and appear throughout the story.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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