Stern Men 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 Simon search for at Potter Beach when he is 73?

2. What are the names of Ebbett's sons?

3. Who is Kitty married to?

4. Who does Toby believe is Ruth's father in Chapter 5?

5. Why does Angus decide not to hire Ruth as a sternman in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ruth's childhood as described in Chapter 1.

2. Who is Jane? What does the reader learn of Jane's past in Chapter 4?

3. Describe the scenery along Ellis Road.

4. Describe Mary's wedding.

5. Who are the members of Ebbett's family?

6. What does Ruth do after graduation?

7. Why is Ruth sent to Delaware? How does she feel about this move?

8. How does Simon try to help Rhonda in Chapter 1?

9. How do Stan and Mary meet? What do they think of one another when they first meet?

10. Why does Ruth flee to Rhonda's in Chapter 5? What is Rhonda doing when Ruth arrives?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the urban versus rural theme of the novel. How does Gilbert illustrate this theme? How does this theme relate to other themes and motifs of the novel? How are the urban settings depicted? How are the rural settings depicted?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Ruth's dreams and why she desires them. What is the connection between Ruth's dreams and ambitions and the setting of the novel? What obstacles might have prevented Ruth from achieving her dreams?

Essay Topic 3

What marriages are examined in the novel? What causes the end of Stan's and Mary's marriage? How had the Ellis' felt about their marriage in the first place? Who had Rhonda wanted Ruth to marry and why?

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