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 Sam become as an adult?

2. What does Julian do during the night after work?

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

4. To whom does Libor apologize?

5. What does Dr. Lattimore tell Julian?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Libor's first date after widowhood like for him?

2. What agreement do Julian and Hephzibah make?

3. How does Hephzibah feel about marriage to Julian?

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

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

6. Why does Julian decide to go to dinner at Libor's two nights later?

7. How does Sam respond to Libor's dinner invitation?

8. How does Alfredo explain knowing Sam and knowing about Julian's mugging?

9. How do Sam and Julian meet Libor?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Finkler Question based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Finkler Question is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus comics? Why or why not? Would most adults consider The Finkler Question a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Finkler Question, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Finkler Question. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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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