Seize the Day Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which character leaves the dining room at the beginning of Chapter 4?

2. How much money does Tamkin invest?

3. Why does Wilhelm's relationship with Roxbury girlfriend end?

4. Who says, "The love of the dying amounts to one thing; they want you to die with them. It's because they love you. Make no mistake!"?

5. Why does Wilhelm seek out his father in the beginning of Chapter 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Wilhelm struggles with many things in his life, but above all he appears to have lost his identity.

Part 1) When we meet Wilhelm, he has lost a job. How might this event have contributed to his loss of identity? How does he try to get it back?

Part 2) Wilhelm is also substantially alienated from the characters in the book. Does this alienation affect his inability to find an identity? Why or why not?

Part 3) Wilhelm turns to Tamkin for support in his search for identity. Why does he turn to Tamkin? Do you think Tamkin is qualified to help Wilhelm rediscover his identity? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the story, the narrator employs metaphor as a literary device to help us better understand the text.

Part 1) Cite a metaphor in the text and how it is used to further that scene, or a character's development.

Part 2) Why does that metaphor help us readers?

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