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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 Lomax react when Stoner refuses to pass Walker?
2. Who tells Stoner that he should be the one insulted by Charles Walker's presentation in Chapter IX?
3. Where does Stoner project himself to when he has his first out-of-body experience?
4. Whose schedule is made so that Stoner never sees them in Chapter XI?
5. Who does Lomax threaten to fire after finding out about Stoner's affair?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does William begin questioning the value of his life in Chapter XI?
2. How is William and Katherine's affair described at the beginning of Chapter XIII?
3. How does Edith's social life change after her father's death?
4. How does Charles Walker react when William threatens to fail him from his seminar?
5. How do William and Katherine begin their love affair with one another?
6. How does William react when Finch asks him if he wanted to be the new head of the English department?
7. How is William and Katherine's week away in the Ozarks described?
8. How is the set-up of Charles Walker's oral examinations described?
9. How does Charles Walker arrive to his first class with William?
10. How is William's first out-of-body experience described in the book?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The concept of learning is one that brought much joy to the book's protagonist. Part 1.) What does learning represent to William and why is he so passionate about it? Part 2.) How does success and ambition hinder William's ability to learn and fulfill his love of knowledge? Part 3.) What role does learning have in better understanding and defining William's nature?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the portrayal of infidelity presented in the book. How does the author present a different view of infidelity in William and Katherine's affair? Does it appear to be more acceptable given their unique situation?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the concept of confrontation presented in the book. How does William attempt to confront others in the book like Charles Walker and Edith and are these confrontations successful for him? What is telling of William's nature based on his tendency to not confront others despite being unhappy with certain situations?
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