Slapstick: Or, Lonesome No More! Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Dr. Cordiner believes Wilbur is capable of having a career in what field?

2. Why does Dr. Cordiner resent Wilbur and Eliza?

3. Wilbur and Eliza tell the household their sudden intelligence is what?

4. To their parents, what is different about Wilbur and Eliza on their 15th birthday?

5. What do people believe about Wilbur and Eliza when they are children?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Wilbur and Eliza retested, with their parents watching?

2. According to Wilbur, why have people stopped visiting Manhattan?

3. When Dr. Mott learns the truth about Wilbur and Eliza, how does he react?

4. Following her stay in the mental institution, what does Eliza think of the United States?

5. When their father seems conflicted about their intelligence, how do Wilbur and Eliza react?

6. What do Melody and Isadore use to build their pyramid?

7. While Wilbur excels in school, what happens to Eliza?

8. Why does Wilbur want to believe that Dr. Mott knew the truth about Wilbur and Eliza?

9. As children, what do Wilbur and Eliza read about beautiful people?

10. What do Wilbur and Eliza reveal to their parents on a bed sheet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Wilbur gets older, the country begins a slow return to basics. Characters begin riding horses, hunting, and returning to simple entertainment such as Backgammon.

1) What prompts this return to basics?

2) How is this different from how Wilbur was raised?

3) How does Wilbur respond in this new environment?

Essay Topic 2

When disease hits the United States, the country experiences an apocalypse. Examine how the country returns to ways of ruling that are not advanced, such as creating territories ruled by Kings. Take a stand on whether or not this method is an improvement over the way things were, citing examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Once the Green Death has hit Manhattan, the bar for knowledge drops substantially. Examine the lack of traditional intelligence in the futuristic United States, citing examples from the text.

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