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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why can Memo not be the woman Roy needs?
2. What does Roy hope to gain by becoming a superhero, the best ball player ever?
3. What happens when Roy sneaks out of the hospital and does some practice batting?
4. What does Roy tell Memo about his mother?
5. What does Iris say is the only way to find happiness?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
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.
Essay Topic 3
Malamud tells us that sometimes when Hobbs watched the baseball come to him before hitting it, he thought it looked like all circles, and he didn't like circles. He made the statement that circles just bring you back to the place you started from. Explain that theme from the novel, coming back to where you started. What examples from the novel illustrate that theme?
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