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

2. What does Fainy discover about his new employer right away when he enters the tailor shop?

3. How many boxes does the tailor give Fainy?

4. Where does Fainy meet Bingham after saying goodbye to his family?

5. When Mac's Uncle Tim dies, what does Mac do that angers his wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mac learn independence?

2. What does Fred Hoff offer Mac?

3. What is the only question that Fainy asks about his job?

4. What happens when Fainy and Bingham ride the train to Michigan?

5. What does Ike do that leaves Mac stranded?

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Pregnancy is an issue that arises in many of the stories of the 42nd Parallel. How is Maisie's pregnancy different from the pregnancy of Annabelle or Emsecah? How do the male partners in these different situations respond? Do they stick by the women or run? How is marriage thus portrayed as a result? Do you find these views pessimistic? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The 42nd Parallel is written from the third-person point of view where the narrator is an outsider who can report only what he or she sees and hears. This narrator can tell us what is happening, but he cannot tell us the thoughts of the characters. This method allows the author to establish the setting and to supply background information to the reader about people, places, and events. Is this method effective? Why or why not? Would a first-person narrative be more or less appealing? Describe.

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