Spartina Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Casey (novelist)
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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 Elsie tell Dick that she did last night?

2. What seems to sexually arouse Elsie?

3. Where is the cocaine located on the ship?

4. Which of the following does Parker NOT consider when escaping back to the Mamzelle?

5. What does Elsie prepare on board?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can Elsie be noted as the heroine of Chapter 10 and who would be the antithesis of that?

2. Describe Dick's experience when he goes to Miss Perry's house to thank her for the loan.

3. How does Dick feel about the fantasies that Elsie finds erotic?

4. What are the differences between how May and Elsie view Dick's boat project?

5. How does Dick think May will respond if she ever finds out about his affair with Elsie?

6. How does Dick know that Elsie had been in the patrol boat the night before when he and Parker were trying to complete the drug deal?

7. How does Dick justify the loss of his family's land by taking advantage of the relationships he has with wealthy people in the area?

8. How does Dick misread the message that Elsie sends when she tells him to leave her with the secret of their affair?

9. What is the premise of SPARTINA?

10. What is Dick's internal conflict about working for others to get the funds necessary to finish his boat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does Casey use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

SPARTINA is a classic story of man vs. nature. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

There is much symbolism in this story regarding the spartina growing in the area of Rhode Island. What does the spartina symbolize for the story? What does it symbolize for Dick in particular?

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