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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 kind of cigarettes does Webb smoke?
2. Who calls the family together for a conference?
3. Who does Janice think is fond of Harry?
4. What does is the name of the song the calypso singer sings at Harry's table?
5. What state did Charlie take Melanie to before taking her to Ohio?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Nelson and Brew do at Slim's party?
2. How does Bessie react to Harry and Janice buying their own house?
3. What does Janice tell Harry when they come back from the party?
4. Why does Nelson like Pru?
5. Why is Harry thankful that Janice does not talk about Cindy?
6. What has happened to Janice's Maverick?
7. What does Harry think about as he runs through Brewer?
8. What does Ma Springer call the family into the living room to talk about?
9. How does Nelson react to his parents buying their own house?
10. What do Nelson and Pru talk about in Ma Springer's big Chrysler?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Pick a character from the novel and discuss their goals and motives. Do they achieve their motive? Do they share similar goals and motives with other characters? Do their goals clash with other characters? How do the characters goals and motives affect their interaction with each other?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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