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 does Rudolph do in French class?

2. What is Gretchen afraid that Willie will take with him?

3. What does Mary ask Rudolph before he leaves for work?

4. With whom is Thomas now having an affair?

5. What is the source of Rudolph's frustrations?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the $5000 Thomas gives back to Rudolph?

2. In what way is Gretchen showing some emotional growth?

3. How does Rudolph capitalize on his relationship with Teddy Boylan?

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

5. What behavior does Gretchen seem unable to shake?

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

7. How is Thomas able to repay the $5,000 his father paid for his release several years earlier?

8. How does Thomas show emotional growth and maturity?

9. What is the nature of Thomas' affair with Clothilde?

10. Explain the foreshadowing related to Thomas' discovery of Gretchen's affair.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how Rudolph's role as protagonist evolves as the plot extends. How does Rudolph change from the hard-working boy in a bakery to a manipulative businessman and politician? What are Rudolph's motivators? Is Rudolph the typical protagonist hero?

Essay Topic 2

What is Teddy Boylan's role in the story? What is his background? Why is he interested in Gretchen? What is his relationship with Rudolph? Is he the quintessential "rich man?"

Essay Topic 3

The search for love is an important theme in RICH MAN, POOR MAN. Can you cite an example to support this theme? Name two other themes and cite examples to support your answer.

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