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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 does Harry say they should have taken up years ago?
2. What does Harry think his wife and their friends will tease him about?
3. What kind of dog is Fritzie?
4. Where do the newlyweds spend their honeymoon?
5. What did Harry used to keep in his bedside drawer?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Harry not talk to the Murketts and the Fosnachts at the wedding reception?
2. What has happened to Janice's Maverick?
3. What does Harry think about as he runs through Brewer?
4. What does Ma Springer call the family into the living room to talk about?
5. How does Janice react when she sees the gold coins?
6. What happens when Harry tries to visit Ruth again in chapter 3?
7. How does Pru injure herself?
8. What lie does Harry tell Charlie?
9. What does Janice tell Harry when they come back from the party?
10. How does Harry's night with Thelma change him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Identify the main themes of the story. In what way are these themes relevant to the time period? How does the author use character and setting to express these 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
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?
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