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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who says in Chapter 7: "I was the man beneath; [he] was on my back, and I thought I was on his.
2. What does a neurotic character do, according to Tamkin?
3. While in the store, who does Mr. Rappaport compare himself to?
4. How much have Wilhelm and Tamkin invested together?
5. What advice does Margaret give Wilhelm in Chapter 7?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
In the first chapter, Wilhelm recalls a line of poetry from a college textbook: "Sunk though he be beneath the wat'ry floor..."
Part 1) What do you think this means in the context of the original poem? How does it relate specifically to Wilhelm?
Part 2) This concept of water and sinking reappears throughout the rest of the book. Cite at least 3 examples where this metaphor is used.
Part 3) Why does Wilhelm constantly go back to this line? Why is he so drawn to it?
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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