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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Wilhelm's relationship with Roxbury girlfriend end?
2. Wilhelm's girlfriend in Roxbury agrees to marry him outside the Catholic church if this one stipulation occurs:
3. According to Mr. Rappaport, why doesn't he want to go to the cigar store alone?
4. Why can't Wilhelm figure Tamkin out?
5. Why is Wilhelm late in returning to the stock market?
Essay Topic 1
Alienation is a motif we see most readily in Wilhelm. He has alienated himself from family, friends, and the world in general.
Part 1) Are there other characters in the book who are also alienated? Which ones? Why would you categorize them as alienated?
Part 2) How does Tamkin take advantage of alienation to serve his own purpose with Wilhelm? Cite specific examples from the text.
Part 3) Would you consider Tamkin to also be alienated? Why or why not? How does this impact the other characters in the story?
Essay Topic 2
The relationship between Dr. Adler and Wilhelm is very complex and volatile.
Part 1) Do you think their relationship changes from the beginning of the book to the end? Why or why not?
Part 2) Wilhelm constantly questions his love for his father. Do you think there is love in this relationship? Why do you think that?
Part 3) Does Wilhelm's relationship with his father help us to better understand Wilhelm's character? Why or why not? Cite specific examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
In this story, many of the characters, particularly Wilhelm, struggle to define themselves. Wilhelm has been called by many different names in his life - Wilky, Wilhelm, Tommy Wilhelm, and Vevel.
Part 1) Identify each name and what it means to Wilhelm.
Part 2) Which one does Wilhelm most identify with and why?
This section contains 2,131 words
(approx. 8 pages at 300 words per page)