Tender Is the Night 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. Why does Rosemary think her wild party wasn't fun?

2. What does Rosemary reveal to Dick when they are alone?

3. What does Dick do without Nicole's consent?

4. What is the red-haired girl holding on the train?

5. What chills Dick about Rosemary's kiss?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Rosemary's view of the Mediterranean change after she meets with film director Earl Brady?

2. What is the symbolism of the sun coming out when Dick kisses Rosemary?

3. What differences does Rosemary note in her spending habits and Nicole's?

4. Why does Rosemary not have fun at the party after she analyzes the evening?

5. Explain the technique of flashback used in Chapter 26.

6. Explain Mrs. Elsie Speers' devotion to her daughter, Rosemary.

7. What is the nature of Nicole's mental illness which is mistakenly identified as schizophrenia?

8. What psychological protective mechanisms are put in place for Nicole?

9. How can you tell that Dick's mind is addled by Rosemary?

10. What does Fitzgerald mean when he says this about Dick: "he opened the gate to his amusing world. So long as they subscribed to it completely, their happiness was his preoccupation, but at the first flicker of doubt as to its all-inclusiveness he evaporated before their eyes, leaving little communicable memory of what he had said or done."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dick begins his psychology career with pure motives to help people by being good and wise. What does it mean when Dick wonders to himself, "God, am I like the rest after all?" Is Dick afraid that he is interested in financial gain as well? Does he witness the practices of his mentors and wish for the same level of financial success and easy life that they live? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

What is the nature of Nicole's breakdown in the bathroom of her hotel suite? Why does she shout at Dick for not giving her privacy in the only place she can be alone? Does this mean that all the rest of Nicole's life is an act? Or has she just reacted to Dick's indiscretions like any wife would? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of Dick and Nicole's children, Lanier and Topsy, in their lives. The children do not seem to have much significance in the story. Why? Why does Lanier respect his father in spite of his absences and bad habits? Why does Nicole invest so little of herself in her children? Explain.

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