The Fool's Progress: An Honest Novel 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 was Henry's father doing in the scene Henry remembers?

2. Where does Henry call to take time off from work?

3. What does Henry try to qualify for in the military?

4. Who gave Henry his first ride?

5. What is Henry annoyed by after Elaine leaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Henry's relationships at the beginning of the novel.

2. What does Van Hoss tell Henry about Bildad?

3. What is Henry's routine for his road trip?

4. What do Henry's parents say about him?

5. What does Henry find when he gets to the bank?

6. Describe Henry's housewarming party.

7. What is Henry's interaction with Don Williams?

8. How does Henry get across the country without much money?

9. Describe Will's decision to fight in WWII and its effect on the family.

10. What is Henry's relationship with the landscape?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Assess the value of Henry Lightcap's lifestyle. Is it a desirable lifestyle? Is it undesirable? Why? What are the pleasures Henry knows, and what are the consequences of those pleasures? Would this lifestyle be right for you? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How does Abbey feel about death? Henry Lightcap approaches it with bravado and panache, but what are Abbey's feelings about it, as the author?

Essay Topic 3

Henry Lightcap's family is half-Shawnee. How much do Native American values matter in 'Fool's Progress'? How is this side of Henry's history represented? Make the argument that 'Fool's Progress' is a novel about the Native American experience. Or make the argument that it is not.

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