The Finkler Question Test | Final 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. Where does Sam go after he stops at his son's place?

2. What does Julian feel he cannot handle?

3. How many times does Hephzibah sigh when Julian asks her about Sam?

4. About what is Hephzibah uncertain concerning Julian?

5. Why does Hephzibah feel paranoid?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Meyer Abramsky and what did he do?

2. What does Emmy say about Libor's attitude towards his fellow Jews?

3. What has happened to Immanuel?

4. What worries Hephzibah about Julian?

5. What does Libor tell Julian when Julian mentions his fears about Sam and Hephzibah?

6. Why does Libor and a woman walking her dog intervene with some children?

7. What concerns Julian about Sam and Hephzibah?

8. What is the manuscript Tyler leaves for Sam and how does he respond to it?

9. Why does Julian go to the park?

10. How does Julian cause Libor to cry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Finkler Question and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Finkler Question is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Finkler Question.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Finkler Question. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Finkler Question. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

Because Malkie always played the piano, Libor hired someone to teach him to play after her death. He tells Julian, "Just when you think you've overcome the grief, you realize you are left with the loneliness" (page 14), causing Julian to wonder if it is better to never know happiness at all so there is less to mourn. Unlike Libor, Sam is consumed with anger because of his wife's death, and the distance between them explains his anger.

1. Discuss reasons it was beneficial for Libor to take piano lessons. Why might it have been harmful to him? Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think it is better to avoid happiness than to risk losing it? Why or why not? Why might it have been harmful to him? Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Sam has reacted to Tyler's death with such anger? Discuss the reasons that can be found in the book. Why might it have been harmful to him? Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

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