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 illness does Henry's dog have?

2. Who is the first guest at Henry's housewarming party?

3. Why did Henry begin hitchhiking?

4. Where is Henry's home away from home?

5. What does Henry sell to Don Williams?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Henry's dog's name, and what is its symbolism?

2. What does Henry do after Elaine leaves?

3. What does Henry think about Albuquerque when he stops there?

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

5. How would you characterize Henry Lightcap's relationships with women?

6. Who is Roggoway, and what is Henry's interaction with him?

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

8. Describe Henry's dinner with Van Hoss.

9. What happens in the prelude?

10. Why does Joe spank Henry?

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

Where does the novel change voices or tones, and what do these shift in voice or tone tell us about the book? How does the prelude, for instance, frame the book by being told from another person's perspective?

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