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 is set on fire during the housewarming party?

2. Who was Milly Cornflower Lightcap?

3. Where does Henry find himself, in Chapter 7?

4. What did Elaine do in response to Henry's hurting her feelings?

5. What is attached to the building where Henry and Myra arrive?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Henry's house in El Culito.

3. Describe Henry's dinner with Van Hoss.

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

5. What does Henry think about cooking, and Elaine's cooking in particular?

6. Describe Henry's relationship with his brother Will.

7. What happens in the prelude?

8. What is Henry's experience of the war like?

9. What does Van Hoss tell Henry about Bildad?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Henry's relationship with his family? In what ways is he a misfit? In what ways is he one of them?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What are Abbey's feelings about women? Are there women who make exceptions to his general feelings? What role does feminism play in 'Fool's Progress'? In what ways are women powerful creatures, who are already in charge of things?

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