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. In what month does Carol take control of her home?

2. In Carol's college, the girls who are not engaged plan to do what?

3. In Chapter 13, what does Carol have an impulse to do, when talking to Guy Pollock?

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

5. In what city does Main Street open?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Carol goes through a phase where she loves being a housewife. Why?

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

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

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

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

7. What is the reaction of the town when Bea and Olaf die?

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

9. How does Carol feel about Dr. Kennicott when she first meets him?

10. Describe Main Street in Gopher Prairie.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the character Carol and her expectations at the beginning of "Main Street."

Part 1) What are her expectations for her life?

Part 2) What are her expectations for other people?

Part 3) What are her expectations for the world?

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 feels she is doing what she can to befriend the people of Gopher Prairie, some of her actions seem like insults to the locals.

Part1) Identify these actions.

Part 2) Discuss how they appear to those in Gopher Prairie.

Part 3) Analyze Carol's intentions.

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