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. Why does John feel awful in the morning of Chapter 2?

2. Which of the following relatives does John not see through the window with Fay in Chapter 6?

3. What is John's concern regarding his applicant in Chapter 1?

4. While Cyndi is drunk in Chapter 3, she talks about her time where?

5. When did John leave Marion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Fay introduce John to Chapter 2?

2. How does Ruth interact with Fay and John in Chapter 6?

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

4. Why does John buy cigarettes in Chapter 5?

5. What happened to the Taft family after the patriarch's death?

6. Why does John call Ruth in Chapter 6?

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

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

9. Describe the interchange between John and Fay in Chapter 5.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narratives of "Taft" take place in two towns: Memphis and Coalfield. In an essay, compare the way that these two towns are portrayed in the novel. What abstract ideas and movements are represented by the towns? How does Patchett forge a tone in the novel for each of these settings? Discuss the characters that come from each town. How are their objectives and values similar and different? Do they come into conflict?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the character of Fay Taft and how she is portrayed in the novel. To what extent if Fay an enigmatic character? How do both John and her father struggle to understand her and what she wants in her life? What fears do other characters have for her? In the end, is Fay a strong or a weak individual? What challenges and conflicts does Patchett use to reveal her essential character in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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