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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When Wilhelm needs peace and quiet, where does he go in his mind?
2. Wilhelm recalls being sick with the flu. What did he ask Margaret to do for him while he was sick?
3. What does Tamkin brag about to Wilhelm?
4. What does it mean when Tamkin 'works the house' at the stock market?
5. Who says, "I'm losing my taste for the gamble."?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Foreshadowing is a literary device that is used quite often in the book.
Part 1) What is foreshadowing?
Part 2) Cite 3 examples of foreshadowing and how they're used in the text.
Part 3) Why is foreshadowing important in this particular story? What effect does it have on us as readers?
Essay Topic 3
As Wilhelm suspected, Tamkin ultimately takes off with his money and leaves him to deal with the fallout. Abandonment is a key motif in the story.
Part 1) How does abandonment affect Wilhelm? Why does Tamkin abandon him? Who else abandons Wilhelm?
Part 2) How does Wilhelm's childhood - specifically his relationship with his father - feed his issues of abandonment?
Part 3) Finally, how does abandonment factor into Wilhelm's own family? How does it relate to Margaret? And Wilhelm's sons?
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