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. Where do the old couple move to?

3. Whose glass is overturned on the table at the end of the story?

4. Why does Mel's wife want this to happen to his ex-wife?

5. What is Mel's ex-wife allergic to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Mel and Laura's relationship.

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

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

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

7. Would you describe Mel as brave to introduce the meaning of real love? Why or why not?

8. Describe the relationship between Laura and Nick.

9. Why is Mel frustrated with the meaning of love?

10. What does Mel seem to require in order to feel comfortable about opening up to the other characters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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