The Manchurian Candidate Test | Final 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. Shaw is immediately overcome with grief. What does he then do?

2. How does Raymond's mother get him to agree to meet her for lunch the next day?

3. What does the inebriated Mrs. Iselin proceed to do?

4. What will Senator Iselin then do?

5. Meanwhile, what does Senator Jordan express for his colleague Johnny Iselin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Raymond do to Jocie's father?

2. How does Raymond react when his mother schemes to announce Jocie's return to the United States through the Society pages of Raymond's own paper, without informing her son of the development? How does she respond to him?

3. To where is the reader taken?

4. What does the FBI learn about Shaw's trigger?

5. How does Senator Jordan upset Shaw's mother?

6. What is the assassination plot arranged for Raymond?

7. How is a meeting arranged between Marco and Raymond?

8. Why do these two seem happy?

9. How does the scene begin, prior to the shooting?

10. What does Raymond do to Jocie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Iselin becomes an analogue for Joseph McCarthy.

Part 1) Who is Joseph McCarthy? How is Iselin similar to this man?

Part 2) Do you believe the author purposely create Iselin based on Joseph McCarthy? Why or why not?

Part 3) Would a reader need to know who Joseph McCarthy was to better understand Iselin? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

There is a great deal of tension in this story.

Part 1) Describe the cause of this tension.

Part 2) How does this tension affect the characters in the story, as well as the reader?

Part 3) How might this story and tension reflect the lives of Americans at this time?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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