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 book helped the narrator understand his mother's mood?

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

3. What does the narrator decide to give himself for a birthday gift?

4. What does the narrator consider his native tongue?

5. How many of the 48 original employees of the paper are still alive?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe how the narrator almost married once.

4. What evidence does the narrator give of how he is aging?

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

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

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

8. What happens when the narrator goes to turn in his resignation at the newspaper?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What is the lasting impression that "Memories of My Melancholy Whores" makes on the reader? What do you think the author's intent was in writing this novel?

Essay Topic 3

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

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