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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who does Wilhelm think he sees at the funeral?
2. Why can't Wilhelm figure Tamkin out?
3. Wilhelm realizes that the name for his true soul may be which name given to him by his grandfather?
4. What did Wilhelm sign that would give Tamkin the authority to speculate with his money?
5. What does Tamkin insist upon instead of going to the market?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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