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 realize when he's watching the cat in the garage?

2. Whose portrait towers above the men in the clubhouse at the golf course?

3. How does Will feel when he figures out who is shooting into his garage?

4. Who is Allison's blond friend at the institution?

5. What color enamel does Allison find under the soot covering the stove?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Allison tell Will when he tells her he's been falling down a lot lately?

2. What happy discovery does Allison make when she gets the stove out of the cellar?

3. What does Allison talk to the man in the garage of Washau Motors about?

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

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

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

7. What restores the "missing ninety-eight percent" of Will's personality?

8. What does Will hope to prove with his experiment?

9. When does Will realize who Allison is?

10. Why doesn't Will do anything about the poacher on his land?

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

Throughout the novel, the narrator's perspective changes. Discuss how Walker Percy uses narration to help shape his novel. Is it first person or third person narration? Who seems to be the main focus of the novel? How does the perspective shift? Is the narrator sympathetic to the main characters?

Essay Topic 3

Money can't buy happiness, but as some of the characters in the novel show, it can certainly buy other things. Discuss the theme of wealth in the novel, using Will, Allison, and Jack Curl to show how their different attitudes towards money provide different perspectives in the novel. Provide specific examples from the text to support your argument.

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