Motherless Brooklyn 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. The Minna Men first meet Frank's brother, Gerard at

2. The four Minna Men are

3. When asked where she is going, Julia tells Lionel

4. As Gilbert explains to Tony and Danny what happened to Frank, Danny keeps saying

5. From what point of view is the story told?

Short Essay Questions

1. Frank's nickname for Lionel, Freakshow, suggests what?

2. Which of Lionel's symtoms keeps repeating itself on the night of the stakeout?

3. Describe Frank's condition when they find him.

4. Describe Lionel's ritual as he eats his sandwich after trying to get Gilbert out of jail.

5. What characteristic does Lionel give Frank credit for developing in himself?

6. What is the significance of the chapter, Tourette Dreams being composed of just one line?

7. What is inferred in the sentence: "We were all four of us an arrangement around a missing centerpiece, as incoherent as a verbless sentence.

8. What did Minna give the boys by removing them from St. Vincents?

9. Before he enters the Zendo, Frank Minna's instructions to Lionel include

10. Explain how Lionel finds Frank.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Comedian Lily Tomlin said, "After all, in private we're all misfits." The men of Fujisaki Corporation are wealthy yet misfits in their own country of Japan. 1) Write an essay considering Tomlin's quote in relation to the novel, 2) Write an essay considering how the men of Fujisaki Corporation might not fit the lifestyle on Muscongus Island in Maine. or 3) Write an essay considering the men of Fujisaki Corporation and how the might not fit the lifestyle of the Zendo at which they practice.

Essay Topic 2

1) Write an essay describing the author's depiction of family in the novel. 2) Describe the author's description of family within the Fujisaki Corporation and 3) Describe the author's depiction of family with the Zendo.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses irony in the story itself and in the character's life stories as well. Write an essay in which you consider the author's use of 1) irony in the development of plot, 2) irony in the development of characters, or 3) irony in the development of the theme of the novel. Use at least three examples to support your ideas.

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