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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. What is Henry's last name in the novel?

2. What causes tensions to be particularly high at the gym in Chapter 10?

3. Who taunts Alfred for being so dressed in Chapter 8?

4. What is the name of Alfred's boss at his job?

5. Who does Alfred's aunt say has been arrested in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who intercepts Alfred on his way home following the robbery in Chapter 1? What news does Alfred learn?

2. What leads up to Alfred entering Donatelli's gym in Chapter 2?

3. Where is Alfred in the beginning of Chapter 1? Where does he go to look for James? How does Alfred feel about James?

4. What do Major and his gang tell Alfred when he arrives home in Chapter 8? What is Alfred's response?

5. How does Alfred feel about his friendship with James in the beginning of Chapter 2? Where does Alfred recover?

6. How is the fight described in Chapter 7?

7. Who is James with when Alfred finds him in Chapter 1? What are these characters like?

8. Why does Alfred not back down against the thugs in Chapter 8? How does he feel about this interaction?

9. How does Donatelli evaluate Alfred in Chapter 3? What does he ask Alfred?

10. How does the author describe Madison Square Garden in Chapter 7? What are Alfred's impressions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss heroin and addiction in the novel. Who introduced James to heroin in the novel? How has the relationship between Alfred and James evolved in the narrative? How long have Alfred and James known one another?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the characters of Henry, Bud and Red in the novel. How does Alfred relate to each of these characters? What is symbolic about the relationships of the characters? How do these relationships evolve?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze the character of Mr. Epstein in "The Contender". How does Alfred feel about his boss? How long have Alfred and Mr. Epstein known one another? What is Mr. Epstein's history in the boxing world?

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