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 does Stingo find when he returns to the boarding house after the fight?

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

3. Where are Leslie's parents going the night Stingo meets them?

4. Why does Stingo keep checking his watch when he and Sophie are talking?

5. What does Sophie say is the reason she believes God has turned His face from her?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Sophie's time in Sweden after she was liberated from the concentration camp.

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

3. Describe Stingo's thoughts on Senator Theodore Gilmore Bilbo and why he was thinking of him.

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

5. How does the narrator Stingo write of Leslie Lapidus?

6. What does Sophie tell Nathan the first night they met about her background in the camp?

7. How does Farrell feel about Stingo and what does he say to Stingo about his job and his life?

8. Describe the three friends walking the street on the way to Coney Island and how Stingo feels about it.

9. Describe Stingo's first morning at the boarding house in relation to his writing.

10. What types of behavior did Stingo indulge in that his new boss at McGraw-Hill hated?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do you think Stingo was changed by watching Nathan and Sophie's love affair day in and day out?

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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