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 Fay ask of John at dinner in Chapter 9?

2. What does the doctor suggest to Marion at the end of Chapter 11?

3. What is special about the day Chapter 9 takes place on?

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

5. Who calls John at the beginning on Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. What assessment does the mechanic in Chapter 10 make regarding Taft's car?

2. How do Carl and John bond in Chapter 7?

3. What does Fay ask John at dinner in Chapter 9?

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

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

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

7. How does John anger Ruth at the beginning of Chapter 7?

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

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

10. What happens at dinner in Chapter 7.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of innocence and experience in the novel, focusing on the characters of Fay and Carl Taft. How are the characters unaware of danger and vice before the death of their father? What silly and foolish mistakes do they make before this tragedy? How do these follies transform into dangerous and destructive activities after Taft's death? Why do these children become less heedful of their own safety after they lose a parent?

Essay Topic 2

"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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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