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 is the person writing in the sand?

2. How much money did Elsie borrow from her brother-in-law for Dick?

3. Why did Elsie borrow the money for Dick from her brother-in-law instead of Miss Perry?

4. What building seems to be relatively unharmed in the aftermath of the hurricane?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dick tell Elsie that he expects May's reaction will be when he reveals his infidelity?

2. What happens in Chapter 44 that exacerbates Dick's gloomy feelings when he is on shore?

3. What is May's response to Dick when he tells her about his affair with Elsie?

4. How does Dick avoid telling May the truth about his affair with Elsie?

5. How does Elsie's refusal to have sex again with Dick signal an attempt to help him break a destructive pattern?

6. What is the significance of Dick and Elsie spotting the blue canoe after the storm?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain the ongoing conflict between Dick and Parker. What is the source of the conflict? Why does it perpetuate?

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