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 disease had stricken Bruce's brother?

2. Where can Bruce and Nola spend a night alone together?

3. Who had written the letter Bruce picks out of the box?

4. The author uses the literary technique of ______________ to show Nola's future relationship with Bailey.

5. What had been the only true aspiration Bruce had for himself?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author reveal about the way Chet had died?

3. What did Bruce do when it became apparent that Bailey was hitting on Nola?

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

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

6. What was the only life Bruce had ever envisioned for his future?

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

8. Why did Bruce and Nola have few intimate moments together?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Bruce. Begin with his physical characteristics and extend into his personality and behavioral traits. What is Bruce's role in his family? What is it about Bruce that men in authority want to help him achieve a brighter future?

Essay Topic 2

How does Stegner use the literary technique of local color in RECAPITULATION? What elements comprise local color? Give some examples of the local color in Salt Lake City establishments, in the characters, and i the events.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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