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 is Bruce doing as Part 3, Chapter 6 begins?

2. The box contains two stacks of letters, an envelope filled with pictures and _______________.

3. The only two members of Nola's family that Bruce likes are her brother and ____________.

4. What do Bruce and Nola do when the return to the prom?

5. What religion did Nola's family practice?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bruce violate his instincts about bringing any friends into their home?

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

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

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

5. What were the circumstances that prompted Bruce to go to law school?

6. What conclusion does Bruce arrive at regarding Nola's need for a man?

7. Other than leaving Nola, what complicated Bruce's decision regarding going to law school?

8. What does Bruce recall about spending time at the Mulders' home?

9. What game did the couples play when Bruce and Nola accompanied Bailey and his girlfriend to a cabin one weekend?

10. How have Bruce's perceptions of Nola changed over the years?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bruce spends some alone time throughout the novel to contemplate his life. What does he think about? What conclusions does he arrive at? Explain why he is in a contemplative mood at this point in time.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses some important instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an example of foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Stegner's writing style. How is he different from other writers of his time? What are some of his characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of his classic style in RECAPITULATION.

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