The Talented Mr. Ripley Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where does Tom have to take care of his passport business?

2. When does Dickie say he will fly back home for a few days?

3. What kind of air does Tom think his cap gives him?

4. Where is the Greenleafs' New York City apartment?

5. Where does Tom ask Dickie if he wants to go in a coffin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason does Tom give for Dickie being despondent?

2. How does Mr. Greeleaf react when Marge tells him about Dickie's rings?

3. What lie does Tom tell Dickie when they meet?

4. Who does Tom think is the man following him?

5. What does Tom say to the Greenleafs in the postscript?

6. Why does Carlo want two people to ride to Paris in a coffin?

7. What brings tears to Tom's eyes?

8. What does Marge say in her letter to Dickie?

9. What excuse does Tom give Marge for Dickie's absence?

10. How does Tom exaggerate the Tom Ripley persona?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Examine violence in the novel.

1) How do the characters in the novel view violence? Are there are character that would think twice before shooting or hitting someone?

2) Do the characters need to be violent to cope in the world that Highsmith portrays?

3) How do the students think the public reacted to the novel's violence when it was first published? How would the public react to such a book today?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the novel's dialogue. How does Highsmith's dialogue contribute to the following areas:

1) Character

2) Setting

3) Plot

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Highsmith's life. In what way do you think her life and personality are reflected in the book? In what ways is she like or unlike Tom Ripley?

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