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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What commodity does Wilhelm think Rappaport should speculate in, given his career?
2. Who says, "You really are a killer-diller."?
3. Why does Wilhelm seek out his father in the beginning of Chapter 7?
4. What gift does Tamkin give to Wilhelm?
5. Why can't Wilhelm figure Tamkin out?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Many of the events we witness in the story occur because of one factor: pride. Consider the following:
Part 1) Pride was a factor when Wilhelm lost his job at the Rojax Corporation. Why? What happened?
Part 2) Tamkin is the only character who knows exactly why Wilhelm lost his job. Why does Wilhelm tell him? How does his pride motivate him to tell Tamkin?
Part 3) How is pride still a factor in Wilhelm's life? How has this pride caused him to get into his current situation?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
When we meet Wilhelm, he considers himself a complete failure. The motif of failure reappears throughout the book.
Part 1) Why is failure significant in this story? What is Wilhelm's relationship with failure?
Part 2) Sometimes failure is defined by its inverse - success. How does Dr. Adler's success help illuminate not only Wilhelm's failure, but some of his own shortcomings?
Part 3) What does Wilhelm learn from his failure, if anything? Do you think he will apply these lessons to his life beyond the book? Why or why not?
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