The Finkler Question 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. How long before Tyler's death did Sam appear on "Desert Island Discs"?

2. Why should Julian have been prepared for what happens?

3. What does Josephine ask Julian's sons?

4. Of what is Tyler ashamed?

5. What is one reason Julian considers for the person mugging him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Sam and Julian meet Libor?

2. What do Julian and his sons discuss and what does Julian wonder about his sons?

3. Why does Julian tell Libor about the mugging, and what is Libor's response?

4. With whom does Sam have a falling out and what disappoints him about the ASHamed Jews?

5. What does Julian think the next morning after being mugging?

6. What does a Gypsy woman tell Julian when he is on a school holiday in Barcelona?

7. What position has Hephzibah recently taken on and why does Julian think she was chosen for the new position?

8. What does Julian realize about Kimberly and how does that puzzle him?

9. How does Sam react to his wife's dying and death?

10. How does Hephzibah cause Julian to believe his fate is playing itself out with her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Howard Jacobson.

2. What in Jacobson's background may have helped him in writing The Finkler Question? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes The Maze interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Julian. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Hephzibah . What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Sam. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Libor. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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