The Easter Parade 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. What does Jack ask Emily to do in Part 2: Chapter 1?

2. Who is Jack Flanders?

3. Where is Sarah when she is injured when Pookie leaves her with a neighbor?

4. What does Walter Grimes die of?

5. What is Emily's first job after graduating from college?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss what happens with Jack and his poetry in Part 2: Chapter 2.

2. Describe what happens when Emily and Jack visit Sarah and her family.

3. In Part 1: Chapter 2, why does Sarah's father, Walter Grimes, disapprove of his daughter's engagement?

4. How does Sarah injure herself in Part 1: Chapter 1?

5. Is there a rivalry between the two Grimes sisters?

6. Why is divorce a subject of Part 1: Chapters 1-2?

7. Describe Pookie and Emily's visit to the country cottage where Sarah lives in Part 1: Chapter 3.

8. What happens career-wise for Emily in Part 2: Chapter 1?

9. What happens when Emily and Jack return to Iowa City?

10. In Part 1: Chapter 4, the differences between Emily and Sarah become more apparent. Describe those differences.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the novel, Emily visits Peter, who relays to her that Sarah saw Emily as the one who got her freedom. At what cost does this freedom come? Explain the concept of freedom in The Easter Parade and show whether or not Emily achieved the freedom her generation desired.

Essay Topic 2

Emily is an optimistic character. Even though her parents are divorced, she remains hopeful that they will get back together. What does this hopefulness do for her? Does she retain this optimism for her entire life? Select no less than two scenes that exhibit hopefulness and her optimism.

Essay Topic 3

How does Emily change throughout the novel? Cite two to three examples to argue your point. If you believe she does not change, how so?

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