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 shakes the empty beverage container at Mel?

2. What time of day does the story take place?

3. How is the depression revealed?

4. What time of day does the car accident occur?

5. Who tells the story of the old couple?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Which character is the least likable and why?

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

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

6. Describe the relationship between Laura and Nick.

7. Why is it ironic that Mel is a cardiologist by profession?

8. Where are the characters in the story from?

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

10. Which character is the most likable and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A resolution is often included in literature to give the reader a sense of closure. What is the resolution in this story? Discuss whether it adequately resolves the situation and why you think that way. What could the author have done differently?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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