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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where is the nearest place in Pennsylvania a woman can get an abortion?
2. What does Harry accept from Eccles that he considers a "wafer of repentance"?
3. What does Mr. Angstrom mistakenly call Eccles several times during his visit?
4. Who calls Janice first during this section?
5. How does Janice repeatedly describe the look her newborn gave her?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Harry Angstrom is often little more than a lost child in the novel. He constantly searches for a mentor, someone who can simply tell him the right way. Write an essay about three people Harry looks to for guidance. How do these people come into his life, and why does he look up to them? What advice do they give him? Does it help?
Part 1) Marty Tothero
Part 2) Jack Eccles
Part 3) Mr. Springer
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?
This section contains 375 words
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