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 asks for something to eat before dinner?

2. Who is distracted from his story about love by having another drink?

3. Who suggests that the group go to dinner?

4. What is in the spilled glass?

5. What reason does Terri give for her ex-boyfriend trying to kill her?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why do you think the characters enter a depressive state by the end of the story?

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

5. Describe the relationship between Mel and Terri.

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

7. What description does the author give of Laura?

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

9. Describe Mel and Laura's relationship.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Syntax is the way an author puts words, sentences, and sections together to form ideas and meanings. It can be overt or subtle, isolated to a portion of the work or universal throughout. Describe the syntax Carver uses in this story. How do specific characteristics about the syntax contribute to the reader's experience of the work?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Foreshadowing is a common literary technique that indicates what will happen later in the story. Describe 2-3 instances of foreshadowing in this story. Did the author use them effectively?

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