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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. On the way to meet their girls, to what animal does Tothero compare women?

2. To what does Mrs. Smith twice compare the Bianchi that she and her husband brought in from New York?

3. Which of the following is not a person that Ruth mentions at the pool when explaining why Harry thinks he has it good?

4. In what month does this section of reading take place?

5. Where is Harry's son, according to Janis?

Short Essay Questions

1. What disagreement do Harry and Ruth have regarding religion?

2. What does Mr. Springer tell Harry when they first talk after Rebecca's death?

3. What factors cause Harry to storm out of Club Castanet?

4. Why does Mrs. Angstrom feel no pity for Janice?

5. Describe Harry Angstrom.

6. How does Ruth make fun of Harry regarding Chinese food?

7. Why does Harry think Lucy Eccles is flirting with him at church?

8. Describe Harry's dream at the beginning of this section.

9. What is Harry's work situation after he returns home?

10. How does Jack Eccles ensure he will see Harry again?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jack Eccles is one of the more dynamic figures in the novel. He represents a new attitude toward religion and its place in a modern world. Write an essay about Jack Eccles and his struggle with both the extremely traditional view of his vocation (as represented by Reverend Kruppenbach) and the secular modernist view (as represented by his wife). How does Eccles' relationship with Harry make manifest this inner struggle to understand his own faith?

Essay Topic 2

The novel is largely told from Harry Angstrom's point of view, and much of his time is spent contending with the women in his life. Write an essay on Harry's ambivalent attitude toward women in three parts:

Part 1) What does Janice Angstrom represent to her husband throughout the novel? Why are they continually at odds with each other? What does Harry actually like about his wife?

Part 2) On of the strangest and most dangerous relationships that Harry has is with Lucy Eccles What is so precarious about their interactions? What do they seem to want from each other, and what stands in the way of this?

Part 3) To what extend is Ruth Leonard a happy medium for Harry between his wife and someone like Lucy Eccles? Why is he so happy for the time he is with her? What destroys this happiness?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the theme of forgiveness in the novel. Harry Angstrom is constantly relying upon the willingness of people around him to forgive him his transgressions. Who refuses this forgiveness? Who is willing to give him more leeway, and how does he repay this good faith? Do people who forgive him in the novel seem naive? To what extent does the world consider Harry an exception?

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