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

2. Where does the story take place?

3. What is Terri's ex-boyfriend's name?

4. What reason does the character give for asking for something to eat before dinner?

5. Who is distracted from his story about love by having another drink?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Mel's discussion of love similar to his profession?

3. What does Mel hope will happen to his ex-wife and why?

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

5. Describe the interaction between Laura and Terri in the closing scene.

6. How many views of the situation does the author give the reader? Do you think this is helpful or not? Why?

7. What was the prognosis for the old couple over the course of their hospitalization?

8. Compare Mel and Terri's relationship to Nick and Laura's.

9. What description does the author give of Laura?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Imagery is used to incorporate any or all of the readers' senses, such as sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. Describe at least 3 instances of imagery in Carver's story. What is the main function of each particular occurrence of imagery?

Essay Topic 3

What is the function of alcohol in Carver's story? How does it act as a catalyst for the plot?

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