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. What does the young girl call Julian when he asks her a question?

2. What does Julian worry about Hephzibah?

3. Who introduces herself to Sam and Julian?

4. Where does Libor meet with Julian?

5. Why does Hephzibah feel paranoid?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Libor do in Beachy Head?

2. What does Sam doing after losing a lot of money in online poker and who does he encounter?

3. Why do Hephzibah and Sam decide to say Kaddish for Libor, and why doesn't Julian do so as well?

4. How do Julian and Hephzibah each blame him/herself for Libor's death?

5. Why is Hephzibah feeling paranoid?

6. Where does Sam say Kaddish?

7. What does Sam say about Immanuel's fight?

8. How is Hephzibah grieving?

9. What does Julian recall about a face-painting incident?

10. Why is Hephzibah concerned about the opening to the museum?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

As Sam and Libor discuss their deceased wives, Sam envies Libor's range of grief and measures his husbandly worth against Libor's. Libor was always faithful to Malkie, and though Sam feels guilty for his infidelities, "It takes two to create fidelity, and while he wouldn't go so far as to say Tyler was not worthy of his, she certainly hadn't made it easy." It seems as though Julian is jealous of the grief that he imagines Sam and Libor experience, but Sam is jealous that Libor is actually mourning for his wife while Sam is simply angry that things did not work out the way he expected.

1. Do you think if a person loses a spouse and does not grieve as much as what most people think they should it means it was a bad relationship? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

2. Discuss the reasons you think Sam believes that Tyler was partly responsible for him being unfaithful. Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

3. Discuss the reasons Julian might be jealous of Sam and Libor and what you think he should do about his jealousy. Use examples from your own life and the book to support your answer.

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