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. To whom did Charley become engaged at Christmas?

2. What organization does Mac want to join by meeting legitimate Mexican arrivals?

3. Where did Mr. McGill promise to give Ward a job?

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

5. When Janey is upset by the pro-German atmosphere at her law firm, she quits and goes to work for a new company. What is the new company called?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 2

John dos Passos is known for paying homage to various authors and works of literature. Choose at least four references used in the book. Write at least 250 words on each reference. Also add your opinion as to why dos Passos chose that particular author or reference.

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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