The Beautiful Room Is Empty 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. The narrator comments on Maria's growing __________________.

2. Where does the narrator spend a lot of time after Sean leaves?

3. The narrator evades being drafted into the army by ______________________.

4. How much weight does the narrator lose?

5. Why does the roommate move out of the narrator's apartment?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can the raid on the Stonewall Inn be both a beginning and an ending of a gay rights movement?

2. How does the narrator's decreasing shame mirror what is going on in the gay community in general?

3. What is the reality of Lou's life as an engaged man?

4. How do the narrator's views of himself change according to whose perspective he is viewed in?

5. What is significant about the energy created among the men after the group sexual encounter in the subway restroom

6. What eventually happens to Sean who is conflicted by his own identity?

7. What does the narrator come to learn about Lou and what factor will probably preclude his and Lou's relationship from becoming too serious?

8. What is the significance of the author's using the present tense for scene in which the narrator engages in group sex in the subway restroom?

9. How does shame get pushed aside in the events leading up to, and after, the Stonewall Inn raids?

10. What is the significance of the narrator's sister's visit and her revelation of being a lesbian?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

White is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, and then briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 2

Project into the future ten years after the end of the novel and write a brief synopsis for the lives of the narrator and three other characters. Be sure to incorporate personal, political and cultural impacts on the characters' lives.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the taboo of homosexuality in the 1950s and 1960s. Compare and contrast homosexuality in America during this time to homosexuality in America today. What major changes have occurred--both positive and negative?

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