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. How old is Laura?

2. What can the narrator hear near the end of the story?

3. Where does the story take place?

4. Who does Terri say she loved to the point of distraction?

5. What is in the spilled glass?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between Laura and Nick.

2. Describe the relationship between Mel and Terri.

3. Who is the dominant character in Carver's story, and how do you know?

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

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

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

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

8. What does Mel tell Laura he would do if anything happened to their spouses? Why?

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

10. What happens after Mel spills his glass on the table?

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

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

Narration refers to the method the author uses to communicate the story to readers. From what type of viewpoint is this story narrated? Discuss the advantages and drawbacks of presenting a story from this viewpoint.

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