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

2. What does Carol's new home smell like?

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

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

5. What is Carol's relationship to money?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Carol imagine the war will affect Gopher Prairie's conversation? What is the actual outcome?

4. On the train ride Carol takes in Chapter 3, how are the passengers described?

5. Describe the character Carol.

6. The library board shocks Carol. Why?

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

8. Why is Vida interested in Raymie?

9. Through what club does Carol first feel like she might be able to make a difference in Gopher Prairie?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss and analyze the relationship between Carol and the Smails.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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