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 Walter do during the outing with Emily to celebrate news of her scholarship?

2. Why did Jack Flanders leave his old profession?

3. What does Jack ask Emily to do in Part 2: Chapter 1?

4. Why does Emily not finish her article she is working on in Part 2: Chapter 2?

5. What is the relationship between Emily and Sarah?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Part 1: Chapters 1 through 2, what are the differences between Emily and Sarah?

3. Who is Jack Flanders?

4. What does Tony think of Sarah's writing?

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

6. What is Sarah trying to write a book about?

7. What happens for Emily in the year break Andrew takes from their relationship?

8. Why does Pookie want to be close to Tony's parents?

9. Why is Emily disappointed with Jack after they move to a new place?

10. Describe Jack and Emily's relationship.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several characters in The Easter Parade are writers. What are their attitudes towards writing? Are they successful as writers? Do they share any of the same traits? Discuss writers as characters.

Essay Topic 2

Is place important? Emily begins in Tenafly, NY in the 1930s and moves throughout the novel. On the other hand, Sarah remains fairly stagnant, even avoiding going to Montana because of distance. Discuss movement, traveling, and the fear of leaving in The Easter Parade.

Essay Topic 3

The opening of the novel reads, "Neither of the Grimes sister would have a happy life, and looking back it always seemed that the trouble began with their parents' divorce." Discuss the opening line in relation to the entirety of the novel. How does this first line set up the tone for the novel? What is meant by having a "happy life"?

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