Taft Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ann Patchett
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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 injury did Tommy Lawson suffer at work?

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

3. While giving Fay a tour of the bar in Chapter 2, John marvels what about Tennessee?

4. What makes Taft uncomfortable about Memphis in Chapter 6?

5. How old was Marion when she met John?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What difficulty do John and Fay face in bailing Carl out in Chapter?

3. Who does Fay introduce John to Chapter 2?

4. What call does John Nickel make at work in Chapter 2?

5. Where does John go to recuperate in Chapter 12?

6. What do John and Fay do at the battlefield in Chapter 4?

7. What is John's catharsis at the end of Taft?

8. How does Taft die in Chapter 12?

9. Describe the frantic call that John gets at the end of the Chapter 1?

10. What happens at dinner in Chapter 7.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about Levon Taft, and how he is largely a creation of John Nickel's imagination. Why would John Nickel become fixated on Taft? How does he become aware of Taft's existence and death? Discuss the origin of the information in the Taft narrative: his first name, his car, and his various jobs. When would John have heard about these details? Discuss how the final chapter involves John's complete immersion in a Taft construction.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, many of Carl Taft's true objectives remain unknown to John Nickel and the reader. Write an essay discussing how these objectives are obscured and finally revealed. What drives Carl after his arrival in Memphis, and why is he treated as a lovable screw-up? How does this notion of his harmlessness prove to be incorrect? Discuss how Patchett reveals the fallacy of this notion, and what changes in the world of the novel after it is revealed.

Essay Topic 3

Romance in the novel is both a powerful force between characters and also one that is overcome by other types of love. Write an essay about the way romance is portrayed in "Taft". How does John Nickel fall in love with women in different and abandoned way? How do these romances fall apart? Discuss the motivations John has to leave the women that win his heart. What is more important to him in life?

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