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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. Who did Tom live with for three months?
2. Where is the young American man leaving for the next day?
3. What does Dickie want to do with Marge in Cortina d'Ampezzo?
4. What is Marge wearing the next day?
5. Where does Tom have to take care of his passport business?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Tom say to the Greenleafs in the postscript?
2. Why is Tom frightened of water?
3. Who does Tom think is the man following him?
4. What does Tom write in a letter from Dickie to Marge?
5. What does Tom understand about Dickie in Chapter 8?
6. Why does Tom have a long conversation with a painter called Carlino?
7. What has Tom been doing while alone in his hotel room?
8. What does Marge say in her letter to Dickie, dated January 4?
9. How does Dickie insult Tom in Chapter 12?
10. In what way is Tom's new cap versatile?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY is part of the crime genre.
1) What are the conventions of the genre in terms of character, language and plot?
2) In what way did the Ripley series help to set the template for similar novels? Do modern novels still use the ideas Highsmith used in the the Ripley books?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Highsmith writes the THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY in the third person. Why do you think Highsmith chose to write the story in the third person? How do you think the meaning of the story would have changed if Highsmith wrote it in the first person?
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