Taft Test | Final 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. What does Mrs. Woodmoore interrupt when she comes to talk to John in Chapter 12?

2. Why is Carl particularly angry about having his stash taken in Chapter 8?

3. What does John tell Teddy to do in Chapter 11 after the bar closes?

4. Why is Wallace surprised by in Chapter 7?

5. What does Fay ask John at the very beginning of Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do John and Franklin do together at the end of Chapter 8?

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

3. Why does Taft ask his children to stay home Friday night?

4. How does Carl explain his arrest in Chapter 9?

5. What confrontation do John and Carl have in Chapter 8?

6. When does Fay surprise Taft in Chapter 10?

7. Describe John and Fay's interaction in Chapter 7.

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

9. What does Wallace tell John about Carl in Chapter 8?

10. Why is John deeply gladdened by his morning with Marion and Franklin in Chapter 11?

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 tenuous relationship between John and Marion in the novel. How did they discover each other, and what was the root of their infatuation? Discuss how the birth of Franklin forever changes the nature of this relationship? Throughout the plot of the novel, what do Marion and John want from each other and what obstacles prevent their relationship from flourishing or forever fading away?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about Patchett's portrayal of the modern Deep South in the novel. What is left of the specter of Jim Crow in the South? How do the remnants of segregation and racism manifest themselves in the narrative? Discuss how this nascent bigotry affects the character of John Nickel. Why does it make him more reticent to connect with Fay Taft? Is the city really as racist as he believes?

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