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. In Chapter 8, Wallace says that Muddy's is developing a reputation as a what?

2. What does Carl thank John for at the beginning of Chapter 8?

3. Which of the following characters does not become romantically involved with John in the novel?

4. What does Mrs. Woodmoore interrupt when she comes to talk to John in Chapter 12?

5. Who holds John's neck throughout most of Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at dinner in Chapter 7.

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

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

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

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

6. How does Marion's friend, the doctor, help John in Chapter 11?

7. When does Fay surprise Taft in Chapter 10?

8. Describe Taft's interaction with Tommy Lawson's son in Chapter 10?

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

10. How is John shot in Chapter 11?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The novel of "Taft" is about two fathers and the children they fear losing. Each of the central figures is concerned that he is the only thing standing between his child and the dark, vicious world around them. Write a three-part essay about the children of these fathers and how losing a paternal figure affects them:

Part 1) Discuss the concerns that Levon Taft has for Fay. What does he worry Fay is not prepared for in the wide world? What plans does he make in his final days to bring her closer? What does Fay do after Taft's death to attempt to hold the family together? How does she crumble in the wake of the tragedy?

Part 2) Compare Carl's collapse after Taft's death to Fay's. How did her experience this tragedy differently? How was he already unpredictable? Discuss the depths to which Carl falls after his father's death, and where it ends?

Part 3) How does Franklin's life change after he is taken away from his father? How does John fear his son is in danger? Discuss the ways in which Franklin and John fear separation and fight to reunite through the novel.

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