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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 does Max Mercy do when he sees Roy and Memo return to the motel?

2. What warning does Red give Roy that he ignores?

3. What two things does Roy crave that drives his every action?

4. What physical trait does Gus have that makes him unique?

5. When Memo fails to accept Roy as her new boyfriend, what does he decide will win her over?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the irony that Malamud uses in naming the characters Goodwill Banner and Max Mercy.

2. Fatal or life-changing accidents seem prevalent in this story. Discuss at least two of them.

3. What does Memo talk about on her ride in the country with Roy?

4. What two things really bother Roy when the doctor tells him he can't play baseball any more?

5. When Roy goes to see a fortune teller when he is in his big slump, she tells him he will meet a beautiful brunette. What is Roy's reaction?

6. What purpose does Malamud have for repeatedly using dreams in his story? Why is he employing this technique, and what point of view is it?

7. What happens when Roy goes to visit Memo in her hotel room and finds Gus there?

8. When she visits Roy in Boston, what excuse does Memo give for rejecting Roy during his earlier slump?

9. Malamud makes a point of mentioning that the Judge has a stuffed shark in his office. Explain the significance of the shark as related to the Judge's personality and how well it fits.

10. What is significant about the white rose that Harriet carries?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

There is a tremendous amount of symbolism in Malamud's novel. Discuss two forms of symbolism and show how they develop the theme over the course of the novel. Answer the question of why Malamud might have chosen that symbol over other possible ones and whether he was effective in developing the theme. Give examples from the novel to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

There are several issues related to responsibility and moral integrity that Roy must face. Discuss them fully, supporting your ideas from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Malamud wrote, "Sometimes as he watched the ball soar, it seemed to him all circles, and he was mystified at his devotion to hacking at it, for he had never really liked the sight of a circle. They got you nowhere but back to the place where you were to begin with." Discuss ways in which Roy travels in a circle, going nowhere but coming back to where he started from. Give examples from the book.

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