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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. Who shouts Lee out of bed?

2. What is the name of the union representative?

3. What is the name of the prostitute in this chapter?

4. About what do the dance members argue?

5. What is the name of Hank's father?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does the town talk differently about Viv?

2. What does Lee tell his housemate on the phone?

3. Why does the real estate man soap his house?

4. With what story about Hank does the chapter open?

5. Why does Jonas become disillusioned with Oregon?

6. In what way are the Stampers restless?

7. Whose perspectives does the narrative move between as Viv, Lee and Henry wait at the shack?

8. Describe the scene at the shack between Henry, Lee and Viv.

9. What does Lee describe in his narration in Chapter 6, Part 1?

10. Summarize the prologue that opens Chapter 6, Part .

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel is set mostly in the state of Oregon.

1) What meaning does Oregon bring to the novel? What would you automatically presume about a novel that was set in Oregon?

2) How different do you think today's Oregon is to the Oregon in the novel? How do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's Oregon?

Essay Topic 2

Identify moments in the book that are dictated by the strike.

1) How far-reaching is the strike is on the local community? Does it affect areas outside the community as well?

2) Choose a character in the novel and find out how the strike affects and restricts that character's decisions.

Essay Topic 3

1) What is the premise of Sometime a Great Notion? Does Kesey keep to this premise throughout?

2) What would happen if he did not keep to the story's premise? Why do stories need a premise?

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