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. What kind of drink do Leslie's parents serve Stingo?

2. To what later comedian does the older narrator compare Nathan?

3. How does Farrell handle a life he hates?

4. Why does Stingo describe Höss' background?

5. What does Stingo sense between Nathan and Sophie?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the three friends walking the street on the way to Coney Island and how Stingo 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. How does Farrell feel about Stingo and what does he say to Stingo about his job and his life?

5. 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?

6. Is Stingo tempted by his father's offer and why won't he take it?

7. Why did the conversation with Nathan's friends on Coney Island fascinate Stingo?

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

9. Describe the scene between Stingo and Leslie at her house.

10. What happened to Sophie immediately following her molestation on the subway?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although belief in the basic evil of the Jewish people was part of the cause of the holocaust, it was not a phenomena that existed only in Nazi Germany. The Jewish people have been reviled and persecuted throughout most of their history. How do you think the general attitude of the world towards Jews helped produce Nazi Germany? Use examples from the book and your own research.

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

The human heart cannot grasp the sheer numbers behind a tragedy like the Twin Towers destruction or a worldwide catastrophe like the Holocaust. If we say thousands died in the terrorist act on the twin towers, or millions were killed in the Holocaust, the sheer size of those numbers prevents our understanding. Why do you think the human mind is unable to comprehend tragedy on a large scale? How did Stingo mourn the holocaust by mourning Nathan and Sophie?

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