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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. How does Katherine react after Stoner tells her he could lose his job by being with her?
2. Who attacks Katherine's presentation in Stoner's seminar?
3. What is the name of the graduate student Stoner meets with at the beginning of Chapter IX?
4. How does Stoner describe his classes after Lomax takes over the English department?
5. What does Stoner say when Finch asks him if he wants to be the new director of the English department?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Lomax aid Charles Walker during his oral examinations?
2. How does Edith cause Grace to not be able to spend time with William as a child?
3. How does Charles Walker react when William threatens to fail him from his seminar?
4. How is William able to get his preferred class schedule back from Lomax in Chapter XIV?
5. How does William begin questioning the value of his life in Chapter XI?
6. Describe William's actions after Katherine drops off her dissertation for him to read.
7. How does William's teaching schedule change after Lomax is appointed chair of the English department?
8. Why does William's relationship with Katherine end?
9. How do William and Katherine begin their love affair with one another?
10. How does William react when Finch suggests he pass Walker because he could lose his job?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Examine the theme of dedication that is portrayed in the book. Why does William show such dedication to Edith, especially during his relationship with Katherine, considering the turmoil and challenges he experiences in his home life? What is telling about his nature based on his dedication to his family?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the concept of introversion that is portrayed in the book. What is the author saying about the nature of being introverted based on his portrayal of William and Sloane in the book?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the concept of sympathy that is portrayed in the book. Why does the author portray characters like William, Charles, and Hollis as sympathetic? What might he wish for the reader to learn about the nature of this concept based on the portrayal of these characters?
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