Taft Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ann Patchett
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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. Who does John decide should handle the bar deposits in Chapter 4?

2. What does John always bring with him to dinner with the Woodmoores?

3. Why is John angry at the beginning of Chapter 6?

4. why is Lily annoyed at Carl during the visit in Chapter 6?

5. What does John fixate on at the beginning of Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Taft worry about regarding his children in Chapter 5?

2. Why does Levon Taft dislike his in-laws?

3. How are Taft's feelings about race elucidated in Chapter 6?

4. How is Levon Taft's life described in Chapter 5?

5. Why do Taft's in-laws get annoyed at Carl in Chapter 6?

6. How has John's relationship with the Woodmoores changed?

7. What role does Carl play at Muddy's as time does on?

8. How do John and Fay meet in Chapter 1?

9. What is the nature of Ruth and John's visit together in the midst of Chapter 6?

10. Why does John call Ruth in Chapter 6?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the insular world of Memphis as represented in this novel, many individuals have opinions regarding John's personal life. In particular, the Woodmoore family insinuates itself into his relationship with Marion. Write an essay about each of the Woomoore family-members's opinions. What does this person think John should do regarding his ex-wife? Why is this opinion held, and how does the character express the opinion to John over the course of the novel?

Part 1) Mr. Woodmoore.

Part 2) Mrs. Woodmoore.

Part 3) Ruth.

Essay Topic 2

The novel of "Taft" has a major character's death at the center of its narrative, and the ramifications of this death serve as a dire warning to the other characters. Write an essay about death and the fear of death in "Taft". How does Taft's death ripple through the narrative of the novel? How does its effect confirm John's fears about Franklin? What does he worry will happen if he disappears from his son's life?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the narrative structure of "Taft" in an essay. What two narratives comprise the story of the novel? How does Patchett interweave the two plotlines? To what extent does the reader already know the outcome of one of these plots? Discuss the ways the author is able to comment on over narrative with the other? What thematic elements does each share?

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