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. What is the name of the in-crowd in Gopher Prairie?

3. Where do Carol and Dr. Kennicott purchase a summer home?

4. What does Carol wish for at the beginning of Chapter 14?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Dr. Kennicott react to Maud's invitation and why does he follow through?

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

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

5. When Carol visits Minneapolis, she is worried that the porter at the hotel thinks she is what? Why is this significant?

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

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

8. What does Carol feel is missing in her marriage and how does she try to correct it?

9. Why is Vida interested in Raymie?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose from one of the following characters. Determine which character is the most toxic to Carol and why.

Part 1) Dr. Kennicott.

Part 2) Mrs. Bogart.

Part 3) Vida.

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

As an orphan and an outsider to Gopher Prairie, it appears as though Carol's life follows a path toward loneliness.

Part 1) How does the idea of loneliness appear in the novel?

Part 2) How does Carol react to loneliness?

Part 3) Does Carol run from loneliness or invite it?

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