Slouching Toward Bethlehem Test | Final 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. Whose birthday does Didion celebrate?

2. Where was the gold discovered?

3. Which member of Didion's family went to Hawaii during the war?

4. Who does Didion think the area excludes?

5. Why does Didion never tell her family about her struggles?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Didion's thoughts about the island?

2. What does Didion think of Newport Beach?

3. How do the Los Angeles citizens know when the Santa Ana winds are about to blow?

4. Why does Didion decide to move to Los Angeles?

5. Summarize the book.

6. What problems does Didion face when she and her husband visit her family?

7. Describe Didion's upbringing in Sacramento.

8. Describe Alcatraz Island as depicted in this essay.

9. Describe the history of Sacramento.

10. What does Didion think of the old Hollywood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using only the essays in Slouching Towards Bethlehem, write Joan Didion's biography.

Essay Topic 2

Write a 500-word essay addressing the following statement: None of Didion's peers challenge her beliefs and, because of that, her essays do not express any new ideas.

Essay Topic 3

What political viewpoint does Joan Didion come from and how does she express this viewpoint in her essays?

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