Seize the Day 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. According to Wilhelm, who would Dr. Adler like to be rid of?

2. Who said the following: "Oh, Father, it's nice of you to give me this medical advice, but steam isn't going to cure what ails me."?

3. What product did Wilhelm's company make?

4. Who says, "And I want nobody on my back. Get off!"

5. What was Dr. Adler's former career?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Dr. Adler say he won't give Catherine any money for her art?

2. Describe the guests at the Hotel Gloriana.

3. What are Tamkin's "here-and-now" mental exercises and what is their purpose?

4. What happens in Chapter 7 when Wilhelm goes to see his father in the spa?

5. In Chapter 6, Tamkin also shares the story of his wife. What became of her?

6. As Wilhelm walks Mr. Rappaport to get cigarettes, what story does he hear?

7. What particular feature of Tamkin does Wilhelm constantly refer to in Chapter 4? And how do they change throughout the chapter?

8. In Chapter 5, we learn that Wilhelm appeared in as an extra in a movie twenty years ago. What was his role?

9. How does Margaret make Wilhelm feel when she harps on him for money?

10. According to Wilhelm in Chapter 6, why won't Margaret marry again?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, alienation is presented as a theme. Wilhelm is the most striking example of this alienation.

Part 1) How is Wilhelm alienated in this story? To what extent is it his own doing and to what extent is it thrust upon him by the other characters? Why do you think this? Cite specific examples from the text.

Part 2) Many characters in this book are also alienated in their own way. Discuss the characters of Dr. Adler and Tamkin and analyze how they are alienated. Use specific examples from the text.

Part 3) Alienation has a powerful effect on the motivations of our characters. How does alienation affect Wilhelm in the story? Do you think the story would be different if he were not alienated? How would it change?

Essay Topic 2

In the first chapter, Wilhelm recalls a line of poetry from a college textbook: "Sunk though he be beneath the wat'ry floor..."

Part 1) What do you think this means in the context of the original poem? How does it relate specifically to Wilhelm?

Part 2) This concept of water and sinking reappears throughout the rest of the book. Cite at least 3 examples where this metaphor is used.

Part 3) Why does Wilhelm constantly go back to this line? Why is he so drawn to it?

Essay Topic 3

Point of view has such a presence in the book that it is almost another character.

Part 1) What point of view does the narrator use in the book? Why is it significant?

Part 2) How does this point of view affect our perception of Wilhelm as a character? Why?

Part 3) How would the book be different if told from a different point of view?

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