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. What offer does Virginia Calderwood continue to make to Rudolph?

2. What news does Gretchen receive in her hotel room?

3. What does Thomas do to his sparring partner?

4. Thomas is upset because Rudolph appears to have __________________________.

5. What does Thomas remind Gretchen not to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Gretchen's concerns for Billy at this point in time?

2. 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?

3. Explain how Thomas' original return of the $5000 has resulted in a positive way for him after all.

4. What are the significant changes visible in Mary now?

5. How does the author fill in plot and character development between chapters?

6. Explain how Thomas' selflessness in protecting Jean shows him to be the most fully evolved character in the book.

7. What is the reason Thomas must run away and get a job on a ship?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a character study of Rudolph Jordache. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Rudolph?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is the significance of the book's title? Who do you think Shaw had in mind for the rich man? Who did he consider to be the poor man? Remember that financial status is not the only measure of a man's worth.

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