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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 name of Harry's son?
2. What was Ruth's surname?
3. What is the name of Harry's hometown?
4. What is Harry's position at Springer motors?
5. What does Webb say is going through the roof?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Harry suggest to Nelson?
2. What was notable about the newspaper clipping Harry received about Skeeter?
3. How does Nelson want Harry to help him?
4. What does the Reverend Archie Campbell discuss with Nelson and Pru?
5. What do Harry and Janice say about Nelson when they are alone?
6. How does this chapter show the difference between Harry and Charlie's sale techniques?
7. Describe Harry's circle of friends at the country club?
8. Why has Nelson never forgiven his father for the fire at his old house?
9. What does Harry remember about Skeeter?
10. What does Harry think about his dead dad?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Examine the novel's chronological setting:
1) What were the main concerns during the 1980s? How does Updike express these concerns?
2) How would Updike change the novel if it was set in today's society?
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
Examine the representation of sex in the novel:
1) How do the characters in the novel view sex? What does this express about eighties society?
2) How did the public react to the novel's sex scenes when it was first published? How would the public react to similar scenes today?
This section contains 760 words
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