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 is Mel's ex-wife allergic to?

2. What hits the old couple's car?

3. Who does Terri say she loved to the point of distraction?

4. Where are the characters sitting for the duration of the story?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is a sense of repressed hostility presented in the story?

2. Describe the setting at the end of the story.

3. What was happening when Mel arrived at the hospital?

4. How long have Nick and Laura been married in comparison to Terri and Mel?

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

6. What sort of casts and bandages are the old couple wearing and why is this a problem?

7. Who is the dominant character in Carver's story, and how do you know?

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

9. Why is it ironic that Mel is a cardiologist by profession?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Climax in a story is significant to the overall plot. Describe the climax in Carver's story. Did you predict the outcome of the story based on the climax? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The tragic hero is a character who, despite being capable of greatness, is doomed to fail as a result of circumstances and a tragic flaw. Identify one character in this story who could be described as a tragic hero and support your claim. Does this character fit the typical view of a tragic hero? Why or why not?

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