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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 Harry say has squeezed out the Polacks and Italians?
2. What is the name of Harry's son?
3. Who does Harry say destroyed Pinnacle Hotel?
4. Who does Harry share 50% of Springer's Motors with?
5. What kind of peace does Harry say he likes?
Short Essay Questions
1. What was notable about the newspaper clipping Harry received about Skeeter?
2. What does Harry remember about his bedside table drawer?
3. What does Thelma think about the story Harry tells her about Nelson?
4. How does Janice react when she sees the gold coins?
5. What does Charlie say to Harry about Nelson?
6. Why did Janice not want to buy a house?
7. Why is Pru's visit a shock for Harry?
8. How does Nelson want Harry to help him?
9. How does the novel end?
10. What has happened to Janice's Maverick?
Essay Topic 1
Look at the structure of the novel.
-How does the author use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?
-Discuss elements of the narrative structure; Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? -How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?
Essay Topic 2
Write a 500-word essay revolving around one of the following statements:
1) John Updike celebrates American middle class life and presents Harry as having no conflict with being part of the middle classes, despite his working class background.
2) Even in middle-age Harry is emotionally immature and refuses to understand his son.
3) Nelson's relationship with Harry is too cliché to have any emotional impact on the reader.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the author's life. In what way is his life and personality reflected in the book? In what ways is he like or unlike the main character?
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