The 42nd Parallel Test | Final 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 takes Janey to dinner and proposes marriage to her?

2. In what industry in Pittsburgh is Mr. McGill involved?

3. While Eleanor remains in New York, where does Eveline go?

4. In the brief bio section of the Newsreel in pages 283-304, whose biography is discussed?

5. For whom does Mac throw a party when his business partner is very successful?

Short Essay Questions

1. Initially, what decision does Johnny make about Annabelle in pages 151-172?

2. What happens when Ward accepts the job from McGill?

3. How does Mac act in a similar fashion in Mexico City as he did in California?

4. After the play fails, how does Eleanor recover?

5. Why does Janey quit her job and look for new work?

6. How does Ward and Gertrude's relationship change after they have children?

7. What does Eleanor do to conceal her upbringing?

8. What effect does the war have on Ward's relationship with Gertrude and his work?

9. After Ward leaves Annabelle, where does he live, and what is life like there?

10. What new relationships does Mac form in Mexico City?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Every main character in the 42nd Parallel (Janey, Mac, Ward, Eleanor, and Charley) wants to find a purpose in life and seeks meaning through self-expression. Which characters find purpose and direction to their lives and in what ways? Which characters do not achieve this? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Eleanor. What is her role in the story? How does she compare with the other four main characters? What struggles must she overcome? What was the author trying to accomplish by creating Eleanor's character in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Politics play a significant role throughout the entire book. In the 42nd Parallel, John dos Passos asks and sometimes offers occasional answers to big philosophical questions about the role and rights of workers in society, the equality of men and women, and important figures of the early 20th century. Do you find John dos Passos' arguments convincing? Why or why not? Do any of his characters show strong political opinions and, if so, about what? Describe.

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