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 character spent five years in a seminary?

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

3. Which character claims that no one really knows about love, because "everyone is really just a beginner"?

4. In addition to the beverages, what else is passed around during the conversation?

5. Who is the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author seem to be saying about universal stages and phases of love?

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

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

4. Why does Terri hope that Marjorie will remarry or die?

5. Describe Mel and Laura's relationship.

6. What does Mel think about the cause of the old man's depression?

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

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

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

10. Describe the interaction between Mel and Terri surrounding Mel's ex-wife.

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

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

Symbolism is an important tool authors use to effectively communicate ideas and meanings to the reader. Identify one symbol Carver uses in his story and describe what it symbolizes. What purpose does it serve to have this particular symbol in the story?

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