Spartina Test | Final 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 May do after Dick tells her about the baby?

2. Elsie says that maybe Dick gets some cheap thrills by____________________.

3. Which of the following is NOT a reaction from the other men watching the documentary?

4. What about Elsie seems to confuse Dick?

5. Why is Dick angry at Parker?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the irony of the value of the books Miss Perry gave to Dick and his sons?

2. Explain how the author uses the technique of flashbacks in Chapter 50.

3. How does Schuyler's documentary put Dick in an unfavorable light?

4. What mood does the author establish with the brevity of Chapter 47?

5. How do Dick's conflicted feelings about Parker continue to exhibit in Chapter 44?

6. What does Dick determine will be the new driving forces in his life?

7. What does Eddie note about Dick's mood even though the boat is finished and ready for launching?

8. How does Elsie interpret Dick's comment that they are similar to Marie and Parker?

9. How does the weather reflect the state of Dick and May's relationship?

10. What is the symbolism of the spartina and the Wedding Cake that are still intact after the hurricane?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Elsie. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her--if anything--at this point in her life?

Essay Topic 2

Casey uses humor in the story to both entertain and convey character. Cite at least two examples which you find especially humorous.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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