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 does Conrad find when he gets home after his finals?

2. What do Cal and his partner discuss at work?

3. What do Conrad and Jeanine eat on their date?

4. Why did Jeanine's parents divorce?

5. How many days did it take to find Jordan's body?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Conrad feel vulnerable after Karen's suicide?

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

4. Why does Conrad confront Cal about in chapter 31?

5. What does Karen's death force Conrad to do?

6. How has Conrad starting working to achieve his goals?

7. Why doesn't Beth want to see a counselor?

8. Why is Cal surprised that Ray knows about his family's problems?

9. Describe Conrad's first date with Jeanine.

10. What do Conrad and Jeanine believe is the reason they got better?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze cause and effect in the novel. For example, Karen's death causes Conrad to have an emotional breakthrough. Analyze at least three different causes and effects in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Many of the characters in "Ordinary People" feel guilty. For example, Conrad feels guilty over the death of his brother, Jordan. How is guilt one of the major themes in the novel? What characters experience guilt and why?

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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