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. What does Dr. Lattimore tell Julian?

2. What happened to Emmy's grandson?

3. What does Libor think about Julian and Hephzibah?

4. With whom can Libor not fathom having an affair?

5. What does Julian think Tyler should not have to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Tyler and Julian do and what is their thought about it?

3. What happens to Julian one late summer evening in London on his way home?

4. Why does Julian return to the scene of his mugging?

5. What does Julian not understand about his friend Libor?

6. How do Sam and Tyler respond to Sam's invitation to join the ASHamed Jews?

7. What are Julian's sons doing when Julian is revisiting the scene of his mugging?

8. What does Libor tell Julian to go ahead and do and how does Libor start Julian on the path?

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

10. Who does Julian meet at a party and what do they do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The Finkler Question is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in The Finkler Question. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Jacobson chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Jacobson chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Jacobson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Jacobson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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