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 girl in #67 suffers from ____________________.

2. Tex hints to the narrator that the man in #45 might be able to teach the narrator about what?

3. Who had introduced the narrator to Hunton?

4. The narrator pursues sexual relations with whom?

5. What is the result of Hunton's sexual dalliance with Annie?

Short Essay Questions

1. From what written piece is the name of the book taken, and what does it mean?

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

3. What does Maria reveal to the narrator when he visits during Christmas vacation in Chapter 4?

4. How did the struggle for acceptance and freedom for lesbians differ from that of gay men?

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

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

7. Who are Betty and Kay and why does the narrator enjoy their company?

8. How is Buddhism connected to the narrator's seemingly paradoxical desires for sex with men and also freedom from that desire.

9. With whom does the narrator have his first gay sexual experience and how does he feel about it afterward?

10. What are some of the themes addressed in "The Beautiful Room is Empty"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of struggling with personal identity is an important one in this novel. Describe how it extends through setting, character and issues and provide examples for each.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The role of parental influence is a strong one--mostly negative--on the narrator. Why was the narrator's sexual preference particularly hard on his father? What solution did the narrator's mother have for her son's "problem"? Explain.

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