The Book of Disquiet 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 says he sometimes experiences a lapse of something. From what kind of lapse does he suffer?

2. What does the narrator expect out of life?

3. Who, along with a particular poet, has helped the narrator perfect his vision of the world?

4. When does the narrator believe he is truly able to be himself?

5. What poet has helped the narrator perfect his vision of the world?

Short Essay Questions

1. What correlation between Christianity and romanticism does the narrator make?

2. Where does the narrator's train trip take him? Why can't he recall any of the sights from his trip?

3. Where does the narrator believe that dreams may exist?

4. Why does the narrator say that don't people change their lives, even when repulsed by them?

5. What does it take, according to the narrator, for people to be acceptable the world's standards?

6. What does the narrator notice about a bad lithograph? What does he compare it to and why?

7. What advice does the narrator discuss for business managers?

8. How does the narrator compare love to clothing?

9. Who helped the narrator get his job, and why does he value the job?

10. What are the narrator's thoughts regarding travel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are four common points of view in which literature is written: first person, third person objective, third person limited, and third person omniscient. Which point of view does the author use in this book? Is this the most effective point of view for this story? Could this story have been told from a different point of view and still been in the same genre?

Essay Topic 2

What is the difference between tone and mood? What was the tone of The Book of Disquiet? What was the mood of it? Was it consistent throughout or did it vary? Define the terms tone and mood and use examples from the text to support your thoughts.

Essay Topic 3

A main character in a work of fiction has both good and bad qualities, giving the character dimension. In nonfiction, the main character is known as the subject. Soares is the subject of his own book. What are Soares good qualities? What are his bad qualities?

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