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. Where does Dr. Kennicott take Carol at the beginning of Chapter 5?

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

3. Who has the Village Virus?

4. What is Carol's relationship to money?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Carol fight with her husband after her meeting with Guy Pollock?

2. Why does Carol panic when she arrives in Gopher Prairie?

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

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

5. The townspeople often talk about money. What are some examples of this and how it affects Carol?

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

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

8. Mrs. Bogart raised her sons to be good Christian boys. How do they turn out?

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

10. Once Carol has her child, how does her life change?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 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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