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

2. Who brings up the topic of "spiritual love"?

3. Who feels as if the group is "enchanted" as the conversation continues?

4. Who wants to know what the characters are going to do after the glass is spilled?

5. What hits the old couple's car?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the characters' response to Mel's revelation that real love does exist.

3. What effect does alcohol have on the characters' conversation about real love?

4. What is the attitude of the other characters in the story as Mel becomes drunk?

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

6. Describe Mel's relationship with his ex-wife.

7. Why does Terri scold Mel for being insensitive?

8. Describe the relationship between Mel and Terri.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Mel's story of the old couple plays a pivotal role in this story.

Part 1) What is so significant about the story? How does it apply to the overall theme?

Part 2) What is important about Mel recounting this particular story? Why is he depressed at the end of the story?

Part 3) Why does Mel's story have such an impact on the rest of the characters in Carver's story?

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