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

2. What surrounds Main Street?

3. What man does Carol fantasize about in Chapter 10?

4. Dr. Kennicott requests that Carol start grocery shopping where?

5. Who does Carol consider a most "considerate" host?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role does Carol play at the beginning of Chapter 15 and why?

2. Why does Carol start a dramatic society?

3. What surprises Carol at the first meeting of the dramatic society?

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

5. During the summer, where do the women of Gopher Prairie leave their petty concerns behind?

6. What is Carol's response to the film "Right on the Coco"?

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

8. What does Carol discover as the only sensible response to the tyranny of any small town like Gopher Prairie?

9. Carol and the women at the bridge game argue about the maids' wages. Why?

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

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

Injustice is not uncommon in Gopher Prairie. Identify and analyze some of the injustices that are accepted and appear throughout the story.

Essay Topic 3

In "Main Street," the Jolly Seventeen is a group of women claiming to be the elite of Gopher Prairie.

Part 1) Analyze the women who lead the Jolly Seventeen.

Part 2) In what way do the actions of the Jolly Seventeen affect the citizens Gopher Prairie?

Part 3) How does Carol change thanks to the Jolly Seventeen?

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