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. What does Mel say would happen if any of the main characters died?

2. Who decides that calling Mel's children might not be a good idea?

3. How often does Mel check in on the old couple?

4. Why does Mel say he would have liked to have been born in medieval times?

5. Who wants to know what the characters are going to do after the glass is spilled?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between Laura and Nick.

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

3. What two purposes does alcohol seem to serve in the story?

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

5. Does Terri think her ex-boyfriend loved her? Why?

6. What is the final conclusion about the meaning of love?

7. What does Mel think of Nick and Laura's love?

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

9. What tone does Mel have as he recounts the story of the old couple and why?

10. According to Mel, why is the old man depressed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of a work is one of literature's most important aspects. Why is title thought to be so important to a work of literature? What did the author want to communicate to the reader through this particular title?

Essay Topic 2

Mel's story of the old couple plays a pivotal role in this story.

Part 1) What is so significant about the story? How does it apply to the overall theme?

Part 2) What is important about Mel recounting this particular story? Why is he depressed at the end of the story?

Part 3) Why does Mel's story have such an impact on the rest of the characters in Carver's story?

Essay Topic 3

A resolution is often included in literature to give the reader a sense of closure. What is the resolution in this story? Discuss whether it adequately resolves the situation and why you think that way. What could the author have done differently?

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