Memories of My Melancholy Whores 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. What did the narrator's mother die from?

2. How many sheets of paper does the narrator always keep on his desk for writing his column?

3. Where does the narrator think condemned souls go?

4. On occasion, the newspaper prints _______ as a favor to the narrator.

5. Who gives the narrator the cat for his birthday?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of gifts does the narrator get from the newspaper staff for his birthday?

2. What is the current occupation of the narrator?

3. Why won't the editor let the narrator resign from writing his column?

4. Why does the narrator not consummate his first visit with the girl?

5. What is the narrator's relationship like with his housekeeper?

6. What evidence does the narrator give of his healthy sex life?

7. What happens on the narrator's taxi ride to the brothel the first time he goes to see the girl?

8. How does the narrator describe the editor of the newspaper?

9. What do the narrator and Rosa Cabarcas discuss in phone calls the day following his first night with the girl?

10. What is the narrator's experience like when he goes to the animal shelter to pick up his cat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of the individual versus society as it affects both the narrative and morality of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the themes of love and redemption in the novel. Define theme and provide examples from the novel to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

What is the difference between the life in time and the life by value as embodied by the narrator in "Memories of My Melancholy Whores"? Give specific examples from the book to support your discussion.

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