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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 animal does Harry's eyes glitter like?
2. Who does Nelson mimic in this chapter?
3. Who does Pru ask Nelson if he had sex with?
4. What does Nelson call Ma Springer?
5. Who does Janice say is crude?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Harry not talk to the Murketts and the Fosnachts at the wedding reception?
2. Why does Nelson like Pru?
3. How does Nelson react to his parents buying their own house?
4. How does Harry cope with sailing the tiller?
5. What do Pru and Nelson do in Brewer?
6. How does Harry react when he sees Charlie back at work?
7. What does Janice tell Harry when they come back from the party?
8. Why does Harry have to go along with Bessie and Janice's idea to take on Nelson?
9. What do Nelson and Brew do at Slim's party?
10. How does Harry's night with Thelma change him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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