Sophie's Choice 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. How does Stingo feel about Sophie after he meets her?

2. Why is Nathan screaming at Sophie in the bar?

3. What has inspired Stingo to write?

4. What three things is keeping Stingo in New York?

5. What stuns Stingo about the conversation with Nathan and Nathan's friends on Coney Island?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe some of Stingo's thoughts about Nathan as they relax in the bar in Chapter 8.

2. Describe how Stingo finds out about his old girlfriend, Maria and how he feels about it.

3. What does he do about not knowing anyone in New York, being a young man interested in women? How is that stopped?

4. Describe what happened between Sophie and the German housekeeper, Wilhelmine.

5. Describe Stingo's interaction with his father during his father's trip to New York.

6. Describe what Sophie says about her early days in Poland.

7. What happens in the bar when Nathan shows up the night Sophie is dressed for Nathan's big announcement?

8. Sophie's attraction to Dr. Dürrfeld is a metaphor which also came out in her dream. Explain this statement.

9. Tell the story of how Stingo's father got the money he sent.

10. One night in the Maple Court Stingo and Sophie are waiting for Nathan. Sophie is dressed differently than usual. How is she dressed and why is she dressed that way?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Pretend you are living in Nazi Germany and have just been arrested and sent to a concentration camp. Describe how you feel, what you are seeing, and how you plan to get out of the camp alive.

Essay Topic 2

Out of all the people in the world, Sophie gets together with Nathan, a man who would abuse her and ultimately kill her, or convince her to suicide. Why do you think Sophie attracted someone like Nathan? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Stingo said no people, including Germans, should be condemned as a group. What do you think he meant by this statement? Do you agree with it? Why or why not?

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