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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 John like to read at the library?

2. Why does Kate ask John to marry him?

3. What does Sharon hide from John?

4. What does John decide to undertake on his bus ride to Elysian Fields?

5. Where does Walter offer to take Kate?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sharon try to establish about the trip?

2. What becomes clear about John and Kate's relationship?

3. What does John suffer from?

4. The novel opens with John receiving some bad news. What is it?

5. Why is Lonnie fasting?

6. What does Kate reveal to John about her happiest day?

7. What does John do in order to escape from his life?

8. Where does John invite Kate to go with him? What is her response?

9. What is revealed about John's family in this chapter?

10. What is very apparent about John and Aunt Emily's relationship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The women in the novel constantly interfere with John's life. Explain how each woman attempts to change John's ways:

- Kate

- John's mother

- Aunt Emily

- Sharon

Essay Topic 2

The theme of death is very prevalent throughout the novel, with characters wishing they were dead or actually trying to kill themselves:

1. Name three times where death is brought up in the novel. Describe the three situations and which characters are involved.

2. Why do you think the characters in the book are obsessed with death? Explain their thought processes.

3. Compare John's escape into television and movies with Kate and Lonnie's wish to escape this world. How are they different and how are they the same?

Essay Topic 3

1. John watches movie and television shows to escape his everyday, ordinary life in New Orleans, Louisiana. How does watching movies help John to escape? Why do you think John needs an escape from his life? What aspects might he want to leave behind?

2. Compare and Contrast John's feelings about movies and Lonnie's view of movies.

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