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. What happens at the end of the story?

2. Why is Mel hesitant to call?

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

4. Who wants to know what the characters are going to do after the glass is spilled?

5. Terri teases the other couple for acting as if:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How long have Nick and Laura been married in comparison to Terri and Mel?

3. Describe the relationship between Laura and Nick.

4. How does Nick respond when Mel says he would have liked a different profession?

5. Describe Mel and Laura's relationship.

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

7. What sort of casts and bandages are the old couple wearing and why is this a problem?

8. Does Terri think her ex-boyfriend loved her? Why?

9. Describe the mood of the second portion of Mel's story.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The tragic hero is a character who, despite being capable of greatness, is doomed to fail as a result of circumstances and a tragic flaw. Identify one character in this story who could be described as a tragic hero and support your claim. Does this character fit the typical view of a tragic hero? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Mel's story of the old couple plays a pivotal role in this story.

Part 1) What is so significant about the story? How does it apply to the overall theme?

Part 2) What is important about Mel recounting this particular story? Why is he depressed at the end of the story?

Part 3) Why does Mel's story have such an impact on the rest of the characters in Carver's story?

Essay Topic 3

Imagery is used to incorporate any or all of the readers' senses, such as sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. Describe at least 3 instances of imagery in Carver's story. What is the main function of each particular occurrence of imagery?

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