Recapitulation Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What would be Bruce's biggest reason for leaving Salt Lake City?

2. Why was Bruce reluctant to leave his mother at home while he went to the prom?

3. What was the reason Nola ran off with the person in #158?

4. After what event had the person in #127 written the letter?

5. Whose wedding to Bruce and Nola plan to attend?

Short Essay Questions

1. What factors must Bruce weigh in making decisions for his future?

2. How did Nola avoid having sex with Bruce in the cabin that weekend?

3. What had Bruce thought about Nola's family members?

4. What prompts Bruce to ask Nola to marry him?

5. How does the author show Bruce's affections for his mother regarding his going to the prom?

6. How did Bruce separate himself from his own family in favor of the Mulders?

7. What does Bruce recall about Nola's virginity the first time they were intimate?

8. How does Bruce feel that he is above Nola's family members?

9. Why does Bruce think more about his time with Nola than Chet when he returned for Chet's funeral?

10. What does Bruce recall about his brother, Chet's, life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 2

Explain Stegner's use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 3

At the core of RECAPITULATION is the study of a father and son relationship. Define the relationship between Bruce and his father. Why was it so combative? What long-term effect did the relationship have on Bruce's life? How does Bruce come to terms with this primary relationship?

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