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. Which of the following does Mel wonder about new love?

2. Who threatens to kill Mel?

3. Why does Terri chastise Mel?

4. What does Nick do as a sign of romantic love?

5. Who claims that abusive behavior is not love?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Terri scold Mel for being insensitive?

6. What relationship does Mel have to the old man in the hospital?

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

8. How is Nick and Laura's relationship portrayed by the author?

9. Why does Mel become more and more animated?

10. Describe the setting of the initial part of the story as told by the narrator.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Connotation and denotation help a reader understand the meaning of a particular word or concept. Define both connotation and denotation. Identify a word used by Carver in this story and define its denotation and possible connotations. In this specific story, how does the connotation of terms contribute to the reader's understanding of the work?

Essay Topic 2

Authors often use setting, including the time of day, to communicate an important message about the story. The setting can have a significant impact on the tone and mood of a story.

Part 1) Discuss the clues Carver gives readers as to the time of day as the story unfolds.

Part 2) Why does Carver choose this particular time of day as a setting for a story about love?

Part 3) Pick a time of day (or night) different from the actual one in the story and discuss how the story would have been different had it been set during this time.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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