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. What does a neurotic character do, according to Tamkin?

2. Why is it too late for Wilhelm to make any decisions about Tamkin's character?

3. When Wilhelm realizes Tamkin is gone, what does he demand Takmin to pay him when he does find him?

4. Who says, " a salesman you are basically an artist type. the seller is in the visionary sphere of the business function. And then you're an actor, too."

5. What does Tamkin insist upon instead of going to the market?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The last scene in the book is very significant and ties together many of the themes of the book. Select one topic to write about.

1) The last scene is foreshadowed in the book in many different places. Cite at least 2 examples of how it is foreshadowed.

2) The final scene is also a metaphor for Wilhelm. How is it a metaphor for Wilhelm? What does it reveal about his character?

3) The final scene is rich in imagery and language dealing with water. Cite 3 examples of allusions and what they reveal about the story and Wilhelm's character development.

4) The final paragraph is the perfect summation of the entire story, especially the final line: "He heard it and sank deeper than sorrow, through torn sobs and cries toward the consummation of his heart's ultimate need." What is his "heart's ultimate need"? Why do you think that? You must refer to specific examples from the book to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Dr. Adler and Wilhelm are two important characters in Seize the Day and have a major impact on the course of the story.

Part 1) Compare and contrast the characters of Dr. Adler and Wilhelm. How are they the same? How are they different?

Part 2) How would we see Wilhelm differently if Dr. Adler had never been introduced as a character?

Part 3) Who is the better father, Dr. Adler or Wilhelm? Cite several examples from the book to support your case.

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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