Mislaid 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 was the main building of Stillwater College before it was a college?

2. Where is Peggy Vaillaincourt from?

3. What does the narrator say makes Peggy’s house like the Mekong Delta?

4. What does Lee turn to when he feels washed up in poetry?

5. How many meetings did it take for Lomax and Meg to be “intimate friends” (70)?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Peggy’s first meeting with Lee like?

2. What is the house like, where Lee lives?

3. Where does the narrator see Mireille’s “spiritual kinship” with Lee (86)?

4. How does Mireille end up as Karen Brown?

5. How well does Karen fare in such a limited, impoverished environment?

6. What does the narrator say is Byrd Flemings social status in high school?

7. What is the basis of Lee and Peggy’s attraction?

8. What is Peggy’s role as faculty wife like?

9. How does Lee’s poetry change as his con grows up?

10. How does the narrator describe the construction of Stillwater Lake?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When is Mislaid most itself? What is its characteristic passage, or moment? What makes that moment or passage the most representative of the book as a whole? Are there any places where the book seems to depart from its typical self, as if to become a different book?

Essay Topic 2

Write a character sketch of the author based on her style and content. What can we tell about her, based on the choices she makes in terms of description, characterization and plot? What values does she hold dear? What are her hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think she is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

Essay Topic 3

Write an evaluative review of Mislaid. What is this book’s place in our culture? Who will find this book most useful? What are its uses? What are its limitations?

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