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

2. Who asks Mel to continue the story of the old couple?

3. Terri recalls a period of her life during which she lived like a:

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

5. Which of the characters is clearly an alcoholic?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which character is the most likable and why?

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

3. What description does the author give of Laura?

4. What is Mel feeling as he describes the old man's love, who senses this, and what is his or her response?

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

6. Why does Laura bump Nick's knee under the table?

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

8. What was Mel's relationship with the old couple like?

9. How is Mel's discussion of love similar to his profession?

10. Describe the setting of the initial part of the story as told by the narrator.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Authors often use setting, including the time of day, to communicate an important message about the story. The setting can have a significant impact on the tone and mood of a story.

Part 1) Discuss the clues Carver gives readers as to the time of day as the story unfolds.

Part 2) Why does Carver choose this particular time of day as a setting for a story about love?

Part 3) Pick a time of day (or night) different from the actual one in the story and discuss how the story would have been different had it been set during this time.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

A foil is a character who provides a contrast to the protagonist in a story. Which characters are foils in this story? Please describe what determines your chosen character as a foil, and why the author may have included them.

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