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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 Leslie leave for Will in his room at the nursing home?
2. Where did Father Weatherbee spend fifty years of his life?
3. What event did Will miss while he was in the cave and at Allison's greenhouse?
4. When Will and Allison leave the greenhouse, where does Will take her?
5. Which actor's suicide did Will's father obsess over?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happened to the tiger skeleton that used to be in the cave?
2. What makes Allison feel like she needs another person in her life?
3. What is the first thing Kitty says after Will recognizes her when she wakes him up in his car in the parking lot?
4. What plan do Allison and Will make for their futures?
5. When Will sees himself in the mirror of his Mercedes after leaving the greenhouse, what does he think he looks like?
6. What happens in the secret room that Jack Curl shows Will at the convalescent home?
7. What news does Kitty tell Will about her family when they talk in the parking lot of the country club?
8. How does Allison find Will?
9. What does Will take with him into the cave?
10. How does Allison feel about doing the errands that Will asks her to do?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Will's guns become important symbols that we as readers associate with him throughout the novel. Write an essay explaining the significance of each gun (the Luger, the Greener, and the Sterlingworth) and what each comes to mean individually, as well as what the guns represent collectively for Will. Why do you think Walker Percy chose these objects to associate with Will? Does the meaning change over time?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Allison has been trained her whole life to be a singer and a musician, but she finds herself unable to perform in public. She realizes that she is really good at manual labor. Write an essay discussing how Allison's character develops throughout the book, using her abilities and disabilities as a way to talk about her development. Use examples from the text to support your argument.
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