The Sportswriter 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 Paul do toward the end of Chapter 4 when his dad is getting ready to leave?

2. What does Vicki have to drink at the hotel?

3. What does not help the situation between Frank and Vicki in Detroit?

4. What is the football player full of, due to what happened to him?

5. What is the main thing Walter wants to speak with Frank about?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Frank and Vicki do after landing in Detroit?

2. How is the theme of quiet despair seen in the interview with the football player in Detroit?

3. What was the key to Frank's divorce?

4. Does Frank think X can go on with her life without getting married?

5. Explain Frank's biggest conflict in his life at this beginning of the story.

6. Why does Frank go through Vicki's purse?

7. How does Frank's meeting with the football player in Detroit go? Why?

8. Why do Frank and Vicki decide to leave Detroit early?

9. Why does Walter feel drawn to Frank?

10. Why does Frank hope Vicki does not come back while his doctor is around at the airport?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Another theme of this book is hope. Frank is in search of it and has opportunities to give it throughout the story. List three characters from the story that give Frank hope and explain how and why they give Frank hope. Frank also has the opportunity to give hope. Name two characters that Frank has and / or could have given hope to and why he chose to give or not to give these characters hope.

Essay Topic 2

The death of their son Ralph made a big contribution to the divorce of Frank and X. Frank and X also had large parts in the falling out of their marriage; although all of it appears to have been rooted in Ralph's death. What were some of the things Frank and X did after Ralph's death to contribute to their divorce? Give specific examples and details. What was the final event that led to the divorce? Be specific in your details. Finally, how are Frank and X's two living children handling the divorce of their parents? How can you tell?

Essay Topic 3

Different people handle situations and feelings differently. How do Frank and X each handle their fear of commitment throughout the story? Compare and contrast using specific examples and details from the story.

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