Final Test - Hard
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When Mrs. Springer calls, Janice tells her that Harry is where?
2. What is the basis for the new religion that Harry creates in his dream?
3. Which of the following is not a nickname that Eccles gives to one of his parishioners?
4. According to Mrs. Spring what do Harry and Nelson Angstrom have in common?
5. What does Harry accept from Eccles that he considers a "wafer of repentance"?
Essay Topic 1
John Updike - like Charles Dickens - makes use of evocative names to project character in this novel. Write an essay about three of these names. How do they reflect the essential personality of the person they denote? What does the reader expect with he or she reads these names?
Part 1) Harry Angstrom (strom means storm in German)
Part 2) Marty Tothero (tother means "the other" in Middle English)
Part 3) Jack Eccles
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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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