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 quarrels with Ward in his office, threatening divorce?

2. After graduating high school, where did Charley move?

3. Whom does Eleanor meet while looking at paintings at the Art Institute?

4. Who takes Janey to dinner and proposes marriage to her?

5. Who is Mac's coworker in Mexico?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Janey change when she lives in New York?

3. What does Charley do for work in Minneapolis when he moves there?

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

5. What does Ward want to achieve on his own without Annabelle's support?

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

7. What does Ward want in his line of work, and how does he achieve it?

8. Why does Gertrude threaten Ward with divorce, and what effect can this divorce have upon him?

9. Why does Eleanor befriend Miss Eliza Perkins?

10. What happens that makes Janey feel that she has made the "big time" at work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe some of the settings for the stories in the 42nd Parallel. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period, and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did the author choose to use these places in the stories of the 42nd Parallel?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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