The Beautiful Room Is Empty Test | Mid-Book 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. The narrator's home life can best be described as _________________.

2. The narrator's father's knowledge of the narrator's sexuality created ____________________.

3. What does Tex complain to the narrator about in Chapter 2?

4. The narrator's fraternity brothers can best be described as __________________.

5. Hunton makes disparaging remarks about the narrator's __________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Tex's theory about a man acting on his sexual desires for other men and how does that make the narrator feel about Tex?

2. What does the narrator think about when he watches Tex and Morris interact?

3. Why is the narrator the embodiment of sacrificing oneself for the sake of social acceptance?

4. What role do emotions play in the narrator's sexual relations with other men and the sexual relations of homosexual men in general?

5. What does the narrator want from his life and when does he become aware of these needs?

6. How do Maria and the narrator feel about each other by the end of Chapter 4, and how do they act on those feelings?

7. How does the narrator categorize his life during his first year at college?

8. What are some of the narrator's fundamental beliefs about sexuality?

9. Why did the narrator decide to study Chinese?

10. How does the narrator's coming of age as a gay man mirror the coming of age of an entire gay community?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of gays and lesbians in the 1960s. What precedents were they forced to follow? What restrictions did they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century gays and lesbians do not have?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one theme in the book. Identify at least two themes in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of the narrator's name not being identified? Why does the author leave the narrator nameless with the exception of Lou who calls the narrator "Bunny"? Explain.

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