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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 the doctor think is wrong with Allison?
2. When they leave the greenhouse, what does Will realize he doesn't have?
3. What does Allison tell Will she never wants to do?
4. What does the dog do when Will falls into the greenhouse?
5. What time of day is hard for Allison?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens in the secret room that Jack Curl shows Will at the convalescent home?
2. What urgent message does Bernie have for Will when Will gets back home after being away in the cave and the greenhouse?
3. What happens to Will's guns at the end of the novel?
4. What psychological breakthrough does Will make as he sits in his car thinking?
5. How does Allison find Will?
6. What news does Kitty tell Will about her family when they talk in the parking lot of the country club?
7. What does Allison enjoy about taking care of Will that makes her think she should nurse comatose patients?
8. What does Will take with him into the cave?
9. What skills do the three old guys who Will befriends in the convalescent home possess?
10. Why does Will get into a fight with Kitty at the nursing home?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Dysfunctional relationships abound in the novel, The Second Coming, from the relationship that Will had with his recently deceased wife, Marion, to Allison's parents, Kitty and Walter's relationship. Will and Allison are understandably hesitant about the idea of love and marriage. Write an essay discussing the theme of love and marriage in the novel, comparing the views of several characters on love and marriage. Choose at least three characters to compare and contrast, providing examples from the text to support your argument.
Essay Topic 2
Will and Allison are both attuned to nature, noticing clouds, grass, trees, birds, ants, and so on, throughout the course of the novel. Discuss Walker Percy's use of nature in the novel and how the appreciation of nature contributes to Will and Allison's characters.
Essay Topic 3
Will often refers to the exodus of the Jews from North Carolina as a sign. How does Walker Percy use this motif in the novel? What does Will's fixation with the Jews signify in his personal life? What does it come to mean to the reader? Write an essay in which you discuss the motif and the ways in which the author uses the motif to develop Will's character.
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