The 42nd Parallel 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. In what section of Washington, D.C. did Janey grow up?

2. In the Camera Eye section, who became active in the labor union and the Socialist Party?

3. Who tries to sell books and pamphlets to men inside the railroad cars?

4. Where does J. Ward Moorehouse grow up?

5. At Thanksgiving, where is Mac?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Fred Hoff and Mac share in common?

2. Describe Janey.

3. What could Maisie have done to keep Mac in Los Angeles with her?

4. Where does Mac live with Maisie and what is their relationship?

5. Why do the rancher and his wife not approve of Mac?

6. What happens at the theater? What does Mac do?

7. What effect did Uncle Tim have on Mac?

8. What does Johnny do for work, and why does he move to Ocean City?

9. What happens on the train ride to Chicago that Mac takes?

10. When Fainy accepts a job with Doc Bingham, what does he learn about his new place of employment right away?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The intimate relationships of men and women in the 42nd Parallel are complicated. Sex and love are associated often with power. Fidelity is questionable, and marriage is often a choice to accommodate pregnancy. What do you think of the relationships between men and women in the 42nd Parallel? Are they promising? Are they depressing? Are they realistic? Share your thoughts.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the concept of loneliness as it is exhibited in the 42nd Parallel. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Mac. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him at this point in his life?

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