The Manchurian Candidate 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. How does Raymond respond when the doctor asks him who he dislikes least among his company?

2. What does Shaw attend?

3. What does Jocelyn do when Raymond has been bitten by a snake?

4. How does Raymond feel about the events surrounding the divorce?

5. When the newspapers print the photographs the next day, what is revealed about a banner saying, "JOHNNY ISELIN'S BOY?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Chunjin arrive at Shaw's office?

2. How does Iselin's story change?

3. What happens when the President gives Shaw his medal?

4. What does Raymond's mother do when she finds out about her son's relationship with Jocie?

5. What happens to the American soldiers during this mission?

6. Why do others not like Iselin?

7. What does this next flashback reveal about Shaw's mother?

8. What will Raymond Shaw be receiving?

9. What does Raymond think about his boss?

10. Describe the sanitarium.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shaw's mother is a dominating character.

Part 1) How is she a dominating character? Why is she so controlling? How does she affect the lives of those around her?

Part 2) When does she lose some of this control? Why? What does this reveal about her?

Part 3) How does her personality play into the hands of the Communists?

Essay Topic 2

Symbolism is used frequently in this novel.

Part 1) Describe two examples of symbolism. What is the purpose of this symbolism?

Part 2) How does this symbolism enhance the story for the reader?

Part 3) Would the characters and events of the story be as engaging and understood without this symbolism?

Essay Topic 3

A wide range of emotions are expressed in this story.

Part 1) Give four examples of emotions and when they are expressed.

Part 2) What is the purpose of this spectrum of emotions?

Part 3) How do these emotions reflect the feelings of those living at this time in history? How might it affect readers differently today? Why?

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