Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What type of flower garden does Eccles secure Harry a job tending?
2. To what does Mrs. Smith twice compare the Bianchi that she and her husband brought in from New York?
3. During what Catholic holy day does this section of reading take place?
4. What television show do Janis and Harry watch?
5. On the way to meet their girls, to what animal does Tothero compare women?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Harry take off his shoes on his walk up Mt. Judge?
2. Describe Janice Angstrom.
3. How is Harry and Lucy's first meeting dangerous?
4. How is Janice's attitude toward Rabbit conflicted at this point?
5. Why does Rabbit leave his car at Janice's apartment?
6. How is Harry greeted at the hospital?
7. Why do Tothero and Margaret leave dinner early?
8. How does Ruth make fun of Harry regarding Chinese food?
9. How does Harry find out that his child has died?
10. What excuse does Janice make to her father regarding Harry?
If Harry Angstrom is a child in a man's body, Ruth Leonard becomes a woman very early in her life. She is the pragmatic center of the novel, a survivor. Write an essay about Ruth's objectives throughout the novel. Why does she decide to take Harry back to her apartment, and why does she let him stay? What in her past has prepared her for the worst this man can offer? What does she do when she realizes he has left her, and how does she react when he returns?
Write an essay about Janice Angstrom's inner struggle with her own self-image. How does her relationship with Harry affect the way in which she views herself? In what way do her children serve as surrogates for her husband? Why does she turn to alcohol so often to cope with life? Explore these questions as you chart her character's arc.
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?
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