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. How many shifts in a row is Taft planning to work in Chapter 8?

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

3. Who does Taft fear is dead in Chapter 8?

4. In Chapter 8, Wallace reveal Carl to be what?

5. Who is Carl involved with as of Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at dinner in Chapter 7.

2. How do Ruth, Fay and Cyndi gang up on John at the beginning of Chapter 9?

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

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

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

6. What does Mrs. Woodmore request of John in Chapter 12?

7. How does Taft die in Chapter 12?

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

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

10. When does Fay surprise Taft in Chapter 10?

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

Romance in the novel is both a powerful force between characters and also one that is overcome by other types of love. Write an essay about the way romance is portrayed in "Taft". How does John Nickel fall in love with women in different and abandoned way? How do these romances fall apart? Discuss the motivations John has to leave the women that win his heart. What is more important to him in life?

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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