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. When Mac hears that rebels will be arriving in the city, whose government is expected to flee?

2. With whom does Mac enjoy discussing politics that works in the oil industry?

3. What does Annabelle do without telling Ward that disturbs him?

4. Who offers Charley pills to terminate a pregnancy?

5. What is the name of the river mentioned in the Camera Eye section of pgs. 215-236?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. When Janey first arrives in New York, what is her initial impression?

5. How did Janey become the personal secretary of J. Ward Moorehouse?

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

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

8. How does Eleanor's employment situation change when Eveline returns from Europe?

9. Why is Charley eager to leave Fargo?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of women in the early part of the twentieth century when the women in the 42nd Parallel are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms do they have, if any, that 21st century women do not have?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The 42nd Parallel is an example of fictional realism. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

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