Ordinary People Test | Final 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 is Cal's plan when Beth leaves in chapter 31?

2. What does Jeanine ask questions about in chapter 30?

3. What is Beth doing while Cal talks to Conrad about his fight?

4. What does Beth think Conrad was trying to do by attempting to commit suicide?

5. What does Cal find that he wants to do after thinking about his mentor?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Conrad visit Joe Lazenby in the Epilogue?

2. Why is Conrad angry at Jordan?

3. Why does Beth behave the way she does at dinner in chapter 29?

4. When and why did Arnold stop mentoring Cal?

5. Describe Conrad's first date with Jeanine.

6. Why will Beth never forgive Conrad?

7. How does Conrad feel after his date with Jeanine?

8. How does Conrad receive reassurance from Cal?

9. Describe the trip that Cal and Beth took to Spain.

10. What does Beth do in chapter 23 to disturb Cal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the development of the three main characters: Conrad, Beth, and Cal. Compare and contrast each character from the novel's introduction to the epilogue. What changes? What do they learn?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, the focal point changes back and forth from Conrad to Cal. Why does Judith Guest switch back and forth between the two characters? Is this an effective technique used to tell the story?

Essay Topic 3

Many of the events in "Ordinary People" are realistic, such as Conrad's reaction to Karen's death. What other elements of the novel are realistic? Analyze the realism in the novel and explain whether it is effective as a literary technique.

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