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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. In Chapter 9, Carl says he was arrested in the parking lot of what?
2. Where does Fay spend most of her time on the second work shift in Chapter 7?
3. What does John teach Carl in Chapter 7?
4. What is Tommy Lawson's son selling when he knocks on Taft's door in Chapter 10?
5. Who immediately accosts John when he enters Muddy's in Chapter 11?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do John and Franklin do together at the end of Chapter 8?
2. Why is Taft shaken by the site of Carl's accident in Chapter 10?
3. What does Fay ask John at dinner in Chapter 9?
4. How does Carl explain his arrest in Chapter 9?
5. What does Mrs. Woodmore request of John in Chapter 12?
6. How does Marion's friend, the doctor, help John in Chapter 11?
7. Why does Taft ask his children to stay home Friday night?
8. When does Fay surprise Taft in Chapter 10?
9. How does John anger Ruth at the beginning of Chapter 7?
10. How do Ruth, Fay and Cyndi gang up on John at the beginning of Chapter 9?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The world of "Taft" is - for much of the novel - the world of Muddy's, the bar John Nickel runs. This microcosm of Memphis is created by the individuals that populate it. Write an essay about three characters that populate Muddy's. How would you describe each character? What role does each play in the plot? Is this a sympathetic individual? What does this character add to the setting of the novel?
Part 1) Rose
Part 2) Cyndi
Part 3) Wallace
Essay Topic 2
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 3
"Taft" is a story of two fathers: Levon Taft and John Nickel. Compare these two protagonists in an essay. What flaws does each father have? How does the author make clear to the reader that both Taft and John are, at heart, good men? Which struggles do the men share, and what problems are unique to each? Discuss the way each man's arc is a commentary on the other.
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