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. What does Mel say would happen if any of the main characters died?

3. Who shakes the empty beverage container at Mel?

4. How old is Laura?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was happening when Mel arrived at the hospital?

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

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

5. What does the narrator hear at the end of the story, and why is this important?

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

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

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

9. Describe the interaction between Mel and Terri surrounding Mel's ex-wife.

10. Why does Terri scold Mel for being insensitive?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The exposition is thought of as the introductory material given by the narrator of a work of literature. What is the main purpose of including exposition? What aspects of the exposition does Carver include in his story?

Essay Topic 2

What is the function of alcohol in Carver's story? How does it act as a catalyst for the plot?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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