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. What instrument does Carol play?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 15, how does Carol feel about her husband?

3. At the beginning of Chapter 9, how does Carol treat the townspeople?

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

5. Dr. Kennicott requests that Carol start grocery shopping where?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When Carol hosts a party in Chapter 6, she creates a wild atmosphere. Describe the game the guests play that is unconventional.

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

5. What influence does Carol feel a doctor should exercise in his community?

6. At what point does Carol make the decision that she has to stop being embarrassed about the gossip and make a place for herself in the town?

7. Why is Vida interested in Raymie?

8. What drives Carol to go to Los Angeles?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ambition is a human characteristic that causes people to act. Chronicle the ambition of those who appear in "Main Street" and how that ambition or lack of it affects the lifestyle they live.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss and analyze the relationship between Carol and the Smails.

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