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

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

3. Who quarrels with Ward in his office, threatening divorce?

4. How much rent will Janey have to pay as a boarder?

5. Who is the friend that contacts Eleanor and Eveline to come and assist him on a play?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Eleanor befriend Miss Eliza Perkins?

4. What is Eleanor's relationship with her father?

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

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

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

8. When Mac arrives in Mexico City, what changes does he experience in his employment?

9. What does Charley do for work in Minneapolis when he moves 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

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.

Essay Topic 2

John Dos Passos offers a compelling narrative told in an unorthodox and experimental fashion using "Newsreels" with blaring headlines, autobiographical "Camera Eye" sections with poetic stream-of-consciousness, and "biographies" evoking emblematic historical figures like J.P. Morgan, Henry Ford, John Reed, Frank Lloyd Wright, Thorstein Veblen, and the Unknown Soldier. Do you find this style interesting to read? Are you able to follow the story line easily, or are these changes erratic and confusing for you as a reader? Does John dos Passos offer powerful storytelling that holds your attention? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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