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. Carol feels Dr. Kennicott is too what?

2. What vice of Dr. Kennicott's does Carol despise?

3. For what occasion does Dr. Kennicott think he was given a scarf?

4. During Chapter 5, Dr. Kennicott asks a farmer's wife for what?

5. When Carol redecorates Dr. Kennicott's waiting room, he calls her actions what?

Short Essay Questions

1. The library board shocks Carol. Why?

2. Describe the character Carol.

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

4. When first Erik comes to town, why do people make fun of him? How does Carol react to this?

5. When Carol visits Guy Pollock for the first time, what simple gestures suddenly appear heightened?

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

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

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

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

10. When Carol moves to town, how do the other women feel about her and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

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