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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 does the narrator have a reputation for being?

2. What book helped the narrator understand his mother's mood?

3. What kind of cat does the narrator get for his birthday?

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

5. What did the narrator's mother die from?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the narrator's economic situation?

5. How does the narrator describe his writing desk?

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

7. How does Rosa treat the narrator when he comes to meet the girl?

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

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

10. Describe how the narrator almost married once.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does the narrator remember when he returns to the part of town where his father used to work? What does this memory illuminate about the narrator and the choices he made throughout his life?

Essay Topic 2

What is the gift that the girl gives to the narrator throughout the novel? Is the inheritance he will leave her a greater gift than the one she has given him? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

What is the meaning behind the title of the novel?

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