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 asks for an allowance for what item?

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

3. Who has the Village Virus?

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

5. What type of pelt makes Carol think of Guy's mustache?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Carol's time in Washington.

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

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

4. At what point does Carol make the decision that she has to stop being embarrassed about the gossip and make a place for herself in the town?

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

6. In Carol's eyes, how does the country compare to Main Street, and when does she determine this?

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

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

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

10. In Chapter 24, Carol has strong opinions on how she is treated by others. How does she respond to these emotions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Carol's marriage to Dr. Kennicott and her move to Gopher Prairie is partly due to his suggestion that Carol can reform the town. Discuss the various ways Carol tries to live up this suggestion and whether her actions get results.

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

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.

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