What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Test | 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. Who ends up going to get the snacks?

2. Who feels as if the group is "enchanted" as the conversation continues?

3. What time of day does the story take place?

4. Terri recalls a period of her life during which she lived like a:

5. What is the old couple's prognosis?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mel feeling as he describes the old man's love, who senses this, and what is his or her response?

2. Describe what Mel was doing when he was notified of the car accident.

3. What is the nature of Terri and Ed's involvement?

4. Why do you think the characters enter a depressive state by the end of the story?

5. What impact does point of view have on this story?

6. What does Mel tell Laura he would do if anything happened to their spouses? Why?

7. Describe the mood of the second portion of Mel's story.

8. What happens after Mel spills his glass on the table?

9. Do you think Mel's example of real love is an appropriate one? Why or why not?

10. What two professions does Mel say he would have liked to have had and why?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Mel is a significant character in this story due to his monopolization of the conversation.

Part 1) Discuss the dynamics of Mel's character throughout the course of the story. Does he change much? Why or why not?

Part 2) Do the other characters in the story seem to like or dislike Mel? How can you tell?

Part 3) What are your opinions toward Mel by the end of the story? Do you like him or dislike him?

Essay Topic 2

The two couples in this story are presented as having very different types of relationships. Compare and contrast the dynamics of the two couples' relationships. How are the relationships the same? How are they different? Which couple would you have felt more comfortable around? Why?

Essay Topic 3

This story revolves around love and its various meanings. Compare and contrast the ways each character views and portrays love. What are some possible explanations for their differing understandings of love?

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