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 the Camera Eye section of the News Reel, what is Mr. Garfied reading from while traveling on a frigate to foreign lands?

2. Janey plans on moving after high school with her friend ______________.

3. What does Janey's mother fail to understand about her daughter?

4. At whose print shop in San Francisco does Mac get a job?

5. Whom does Johnny meet on the train that is from a wealthy family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ike teach Mac?

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

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

4. Who is Alice, and what effect does she have on Janey?

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

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

7. Where does Janey work in Washington DC? What knowledge does she acquire?

8. Describe Janey.

9. Why does Johnny have to leave college?

10. What kind of personality does Janey have?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The 42nd Parallel was known as the major storm path across North America. The 42nd parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 42 degrees north of the Earth's equatorial plane. It crosses Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America, and the Atlantic Ocean. The 42nd Parallel of latitude runs right through the heart of the United States. What do you think of John dos Passos' choice of title for the book? Is it appropriate? Explain. How does this title relate to the five characters of Fainy McCreary (Mac), Janey, J. Ward Moorehouse, Eleanor Stoddard, and Charley Anderson?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two themes about loss in the 42nd Parallel. Then cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The working class American is an important figure of John Dos Passos' work. In the 42nd Parallel, Dos Passos tracks the gritty lives of the working and middle class Americans with whom he identifies. Before the New Deal, what was the biggest struggle for working class Americans? Does John dos Passos offer realistic and insightful characterizations and descriptions of early 20th century life in the United States? Explain your thoughts.

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