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 is the nephew of one of the directors at Ward's new job with whom he socializes?

2. Where is Eleanor Stoddard born and raised?

3. What is the story that circulates about Eleanor when she starts her first job?

4. What does Johnny overhear a bellboy say about Annabelle?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Eleanor do to conceal her upbringing?

4. What happens when Charley's girlfriend gets pregnant?

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

6. What does Charley decide to do when the pregnancy is terminated?

7. What effect does Annabelle's decision to terminate her pregnancy have on Ward?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 intimate relationships of men and women in the 42nd Parallel are complicated. Sex and love are associated often with power. Fidelity is questionable, and marriage is often a choice to accommodate pregnancy. What do you think of the relationships between men and women in the 42nd Parallel? Are they promising? Are they depressing? Are they realistic? Share your thoughts.

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