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 says that there was something genetic or psychological in his and his sister's makeup that __________________.

2. How does the narrator behave during the event in #163?

3. What has happened recently to Buddy and Betts?

4. What is notable about the woman in #139?

5. How old is the narrator during this Summer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the narrator's parents--and society in general--consider to be a "normal" lifestyle for their son?

2. Why is the New York experience so important to the narrator's longing to be part of a community?

3. What does the narrator consider for his life after Paul commits suicide in order to leave a world that rejects people like him?

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

5. How does the relationship between Maria and the narrator change when she moves to New York?

6. What does the narrator experience for the first time after a sexual encounter in a subway restroom that he has never experienced before?

7. What happens to the narrator after Sean is gone?

8. How does the narrator feel about Lou's criticism of the narrator's work?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The latter part of the novel takes place in the late 1960s as America is experiencing free love, war protests, gay liberation and radical shifts in music. Research this period in America and create a multimedia presentation of the clothes, food, music and people during

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