Revolutionary Road Test | Mid-Book 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. At lunch with his co-worker Jack Ordway, what does Frank begin to realize?

2. Why is Frank worried?

3. What has Helen's son's psychiatrist approved?

4. How does Frank try to dismiss the afternoon?

5. How does Frank finds April?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Frank's father feel when they return from the city?

2. What happens when Frank tries to apologize to his wife?

3. What does Frank feel about Maureen's story?

4. What does Maureen tell Frank at lunch?

5. What happens after Frank's surprise birthday party?

6. What happens to April's acting as the second half of the play progresses?

7. What does Frank tell Maureen about himself?

8. How does Frank react when he and April begin to make love?

9. What is significant about this trip to New York City?

10. How does Shep meet Milly? What happens to their relationship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A theme found in this story regards the difficulties of relationships.

Part 1) How is this theme threaded throughout the play among the various characters?

Part 2) Would you consider this a universal theme? Why or why not?

Part 3) With what message does the author leave the reader at the end of the book, regarding this theme? How do you know this?

Essay Topic 2

Another theme has to do with the struggle between one's desires and one's responsibilities.

Part 1) How is this thematic?

Part 2) How do these characters struggle with this theme? Which do they often choose, their desires or their responsibilities?

Part 3) How does this theme reflect real life? What do the actions of the characters, in regards to this theme, say about humanity? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The final chapter reveals the various characters dealing with the death of April.

Part 1) How do each of the characters grieve for April? What does this grief reveal about each of them?

Part 2) How do these varying forms of grief reflect how death affects people in real life?

Part 3) How might April feel if she could see her family and neighbors at this point? Use the story to support your response.

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