The Second Coming 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 Will think his experiment might do for his relationship with his daughter?

2. What does Will do when he stops his car at the overlook next to the gorge?

3. Where was Allison before she arrived in Linwood, NC?

4. Who is it that Jack wants to talk to Will about when they visit the nursing home?

5. Who does Will liken Bertie to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Will unhappy about during the game of golf with Ed Cupp, Bernie Peabody, Lewis Peckham, and Jimmy Rogers?

2. What does Jimmy Rogers do during the golf game to annoy Will?

3. Why does Will choose Sutter Vaught to be the beneficiary of his life insurance?

4. How does Allison find out where her aunt's estate is?

5. What does Allison realize that she forgot to ask when she arrives at Washau Motors?

6. Why does Will obsess over how many shots his father fired on the hunting trip they took together?

7. What makes Allison ask Will if he is still angry?

8. What is important about the hunting trip with his father that Will remembers during his golf game?

9. What information does Allison's notebook contain?

10. Why does Allison refuse Will's help in moving the stove?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Second Coming is populated with a lot of single, older men. Discuss the role of the old men like Mr. Ryan, Mr. Arnold, and Father Weatherbee in the novel. What do you think these older men represent in the novel? Why are there so many of them? What happens to these old men in the end?

Essay Topic 2

In the novel, Allison has lost her memory because of the treatments she received at the mental institution and Will has repressed some troubling memories from his childhood that keep returning to him when he has his spells. Write an essay discussing the theme of memory from the novel, comparing and contrasting how different characters' memories shape the plot and affect how we as a reader react to those characters.

Essay Topic 3

Several of the characters in the novel are very religious; two are men of the cloth. Discuss the significance of religion in the novel. Does religion help shape the plot? Does it play a major role in the character development? What about the central conflict of the novel? Does religion play a role in that as well?

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