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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Fay ask John at the very beginning of Chapter 9?
2. Why is Carl particularly angry about having his stash taken in Chapter 8?
3. What do John and Fay eat for dinner in Chapter 9?
4. How much does the mechanic want to simply patch the car up in Chapter 10?
5. What does the doctor suggest to Marion at the end of Chapter 11?
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 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.
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