Paris to the Moon Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Adam Gopnik
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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 the title of the daily sports paper in France?

2. What day did the strike begin on?

3. What is the stadium eventually named in The Rules of the Sport?

4. Where did Papon flee to after he was convicted?

5. What is the name of the restaurant who created the complex dessert of braised tomato?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the "machine to draw the world"?

2. According to Gopnik, how is pregnancy and childbirth viewed differently in France from the U.S.?

3. According to Gopnik, how do the French feel about American-style sports and stadiums?

4. Why does Gopnik think that writing is sometimes a depressing job?

5. How did the Cafe de Flore get its name?

6. What game does Adam play with Luke at the Ritz pool?

7. After Luke is born, what motivates Gopnik to move to Paris sooner rather than later?

8. When Adam and Martha tell friends that they are expecting a girl, what do their friends tell them?

9. What was the goal of the strikers in the chapter, The Strike?

10. What unique action does Gopnik observe at the Valentino show in Paris?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Adam Gopnik's writing style? Discuss both the mechanical aspect of his writing and his "voice" throughout the novel. Make sure and discuss what literary tools and devices he relies on most and what specific parts of the text reflect his voice.

Essay Topic 2

Gopnik claims that he aims to examine the macro through the lens of the micro in his observation of daily French life. Describe how he does this throughout the book using at least three specific examples from the text and describing what overarching themes are established through small anecdotes.

Essay Topic 3

How is the narrative of "Paris to the Moon" organized, and how does the organization of the book lend itself to the creating of themes?

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