Rich Man, Poor Man 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. What is the source of Rudolph's frustrations?

2. Which of the following is not a reason for Axel's depression?

3. Who does Rudolph discover that Gretchen is living with when he goes to New York?

4. Why is Clothilde in America?

5. Teresa is angry with Thomas for _________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Gretchen's meeting with Teddy Boylan so prophetic for her brother's lives as well as her own?

2. What does Thomas do to Teddy Boylan as revenge for Teddy's seducing Gretchen?

3. How has Teddy Boylan helped Rudolph with his career and at what point does Rudolph call an end to the relationship?

4. Explain why Thomas is so happy living in Ohio.

5. Explain the complications of Axel's decision to pay off the father of the girls who have accused Thomas of statutory rape.

6. What is the foundation of the relationship between Teddy Boylan and Rudolph?

7. What happens to Thomas as a result of his beating Mr. Greening?

8. Explain how Thomas is Axel's least favorite child but Thomas is most like Axel.

9. What is the significance of the Communist charges brought against Professor Denton?

10. How does Mr. Jordache's behavior over the nude drawing change Rudolph's opinion of his father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the nature of this book and why the author created it the way he did. Why did he choose to create the book based on the perspectives of more than one person? Is it effective? How is it different from reading a regular novel? How is it the same?

Essay Topic 2

Describe some of the settings for the novel. Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Shaw choose to use these places in the text?

Essay Topic 3

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

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