Ordinary People 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. Who does the therapist say that Conrad needs to forgive?

2. What is the name of Conrad's therapist?

3. Why did Beth never visit Conrad when he was in the hospital?

4. Why doesn't Karen want to keep in touch with Conrad?

5. In chapter 11, who does Beth have lunch with?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Conrad prove that he is strong in chapter 24?

2. Describe Conrad's first date with Jeanine.

3. Which parent does Conrad fear most?

4. What are Cal's hopes for his vacation with Beth in Texas?

5. What is Conrad's reaction to Beth's behavior at dinner in chapter 29?

6. What does Conrad prove by making an appointment with Dr. Berger?

7. In chapter 19, Cal realizes why he is so worried about Conrad. What does he realize?

8. In chapter 6, what do Cal and Beth fight about?

9. Why will Beth never forgive Conrad?

10. Describe Conrad's reaction to Karen's death.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Conrad feels that he has lost his identity after Jordan dies because he feels as if he needs to make up for the loss of Jordan. How does loss of identity tie into the novel as a theme? Analyze the other characters who have lost their identity.

Essay Topic 2

Conrad is obsessed with not failing. The other characters also have fears. Analyze the fears of three different characters. Why are these fears significant to the progression of the novel? Do their fears become obsessions? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The novel's resolution occurs in the epilogue. What is the purpose of the epilogue in the novel? What resolution to the conflict does it offer?

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