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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In contrast to Dr. Adler, what about Tamkin is appealing?
2. Whose eyes "were as brown as beaver fur and full of strange lines?"
3. Who says, "Only the present is real--the here-and-now. Seize the day."?
4. What is troubling about the money Tamkin invested?
5. What advice does Margaret give Wilhelm in Chapter 7?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The title of the book, Seize the Day, is used twice in the text, by two different characters.
Part 1) What does "seize the day" mean?
Part 2) Who uses the phrase? Is it used differently the first time it's used and the second? Why or why not?
Part 3) Why do you think Saul Bellow chose this title for his book?
Essay Topic 2
The relationship between Tamkin and Wilhelm in particular illustrates how powerfully trust can influence people. Select one topic to write about.
1. One way we learn that Wilhelm is distrustful of Tamkin is through his detailed description of Tamkin's physical appearance. What is significant about this description? What does it reveal about Wilhelm's attitudes toward Tamkin?
2. Tamkin is always telling fantastical stories and announces that "facts are always sensational." What does he mean by this? Does this comment help Wilhelm to trust Tamkin or no? Why or why not?
3. Sometimes we are predisposed to either trust or not trust someone. What specific factors in Wilhelm's life set up his acceptance of Tamkin? Which factors in his life also lead him to question Tamkin's intentions?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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