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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to Lucy Eccles, of what is Harry not afraid?
2. What does Rabbit repeatedly try to force upon Janice after church?
3. Who calls Janice first during this section?
4. What does Harry tell Nelson to think of as he goes to sleep?
5. While coloring with Nelson, what animal does Janice color incorrectly?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Updike spends much time creating the world of the novel with evocative descriptions of Mt. Judge and Brewer. This area of Pennsylvania is as much a character of the novel as any person. Write an essay about the setting of the novel. How does Harry Angstrom react to it? What does he feel about it? Does anyone in the novel every leave the area? How many people express any desire to do so?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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
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