Rich Man, Poor Man 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. Who gets Thomas a job on a ship soon after he returns to New York?

2. Where does Thomas plan to go with Dwyer?

3. Who is Gretchen's new lover?

4. What secret does Jane reveal to Rudolph on their honeymoon?

5. What political office does Rudolph now hold?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gretchen ask Rudolph to do in order to help her son in spite of the fact that she and Rudolph have had a strained relationship for a year?

2. What is ironic about Thomas' love for the sea?

3. How does Thomas reconnect with his son?

4. What seems to be the next step in Rudolph's career?

5. What is the symbolism of the name Thomas chooses for his boat?

6. What happens with Gretchen and the young black man that makes Gretchen change her mind about continuing her studies?

7. Describe Thomas' reconnection with his mother after so many years apart.

8. What are the two main reasons Thomas' reconnection with his mother is so important?

9. How has Rudolph reached the pinnacle of success in every aspect of his life?

10. What is the sad irony of Mary's life right now?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the role of the family in RICH MAN, POOR MAN. What does it mean for each of the main characters? How does the family evolve in its support of each other? How typical is the Jordache family to most American families?

Essay Topic 3

Project into the future ten years after the end of the novel and write a brief synopsis for the lives of four of the characters. Remember to exclude Thomas but you may choose from Rudolph, Gretchen, Jean, Kate, Dwyer, Wesley and Billy.

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