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. What does Nicole tell Rosemary that is Abe North's problem?

2. What does Abe spend the day doing?

3. Which character leaves for war the next day?

4. Why does Dick take charge of the situation in Rosemary's room?

5. Why does Rosemary think her wild party wasn't fun?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the effects of Dick's habit of giving compliments to Rosemary?

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

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

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

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

6. What can be determined about Rosemary's personality from her demeanor at the beach?

7. How does Dick realize that Nicole is mentally unstable?

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

9. What lesson does Rosemary learn when Dick again rebuffs her advances?

10. Describe the burgeoning romance between Dick and Nicole.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Dick makes a conscious effort to engage in Rosemary's life, why does he consider it to be a turning point in his own? Why does he follow Rosemary to the film studio? Why does he make sure she does not see him, only to phone her at the earliest opportunity? Is he confused? Is he inexperienced? Explain this time in Dick's life.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the novel, Tommy tells Dick that he had treated Nicole more like a patient than a wife. Explain what Tommy means by this. Do you think Tommy is accurate in his appraisal of the situation? Do you think Dick and Nicole are aware of this dynamic? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Dick flirt with Rosemary and then toy with her emotions? Do you think Dick's ego is so fragile that he needs attention from anyone willing to oblige him? Even though Dick knows that he cannot indulge his instincts with Rosemary, he continues to play along. Why does Nicole tolerate this behavior from her husband? Explain.

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