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 in the box Teddy gives Rudolph?

2. Where had Rudolph worked part time during his years at school?

3. What does Gretchen call Rudolph?

4. What does Rudolph wake up from a nap to hear?

5. What does Gretchen realize when she gets home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Thomas show emotional growth and maturity?

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

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

5. What are the two major sources of Rudolph's depression and frustration?

6. What is the state of Mary's physical and mental health?

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

8. What behavior does Gretchen seem unable to shake?

9. What is Mary's reaction when she learns that Axel gave up $5,000 to save Thomas?

10. Explain the foreshadowing of Axel's being in a boat.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of good vs. evil in the novel. Who/what represents good? Who/what represents evil? How do they co-exist or do they? What is the final confrontation?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses several instances of irony in the book. One example is the boat-related deaths of Axel and Thomas. Cite at least two other examples you can identify in the story and note why they are examples of irony.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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