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. Who first tells Carol that the town gossips about her?

2. In Chapter 14, what do Carol and Dr. Kennicott quarrel about building?

3. Which neighbor spies on Carol?

4. Who is the wealthiest woman in Gopher's Prairie?

5. Why does Carol like the Marburys?

Short Essay Questions

1. What drives Carol to go to Los Angeles?

2. Describe the character Carol.

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

4. When Miles leaves town, what does he do and how does the town react?

5. What role does Carol play at the beginning of Chapter 15 and why?

6. Why is Vida interested in Raymie?

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

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

9. Describe the characters of Uncle Whittier and Aunt Bessie.

10. Why does Carol start a dramatic society?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Dr. Kennicott is an unassuming, country doctor who marries a woman who desires to live a life beyond Gopher Prairie. This is a struggle that affects him throughout the novel yet he continues to love his town and his family. Answering the following, create a profile of this seemingly simple man.

Part 1) Describe Dr. Kennicott.

Part 2) Discuss his relationship with Gopher Prairie and his wife.

Part 3) Analyze the philosophy Dr. Kennicott seems to live by throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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