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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. Who did the narrator's father rent the bottom floor of his home to?

2. How many women does the narrator have on a list of sexual conquests by his fifties?

3. What does the housekeeper give the narrator for his birthday?

4. The narrator's mother was a notable interpreter of ________.

5. Who would chaperone the narrator's evenings with his fiancé?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the narrator almost married once.

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

3. What is the only long term relationship in the narrator's life?

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

5. What happens when the narrator is the honored guest at a concert? What does he remember most from the evening?

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

7. What request did the narrator's mother make on her deathbed?

8. What was the contrast between the narrator's sex life and his regular life?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do the cultural and historical aspects of the setting impact the narrative? How do they impact the themes of morality and love?

Essay Topic 2

What is the meaning behind the title of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

What qualities does the narrator embody both as a character and as a narrator of the story? What makes him a reliable or unreliable narrator?

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