The Ginger Man 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. Why do the landladies of the new house trust Dangerfield and Marion?

2. What does Dangerfield do when he realizes his social gaffe on the train?

3. Why is Dangerfield so happy with the garden at the new house?

4. What does Chris bring with her when she returns home from work?

5. What plan does Dangerfield make when he grows bored at home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dangerfield's indulgent behavior when he learns that Marion has left him.

2. Why is Miss Frost so conflicted by having sex with Dangerfield?

3. What is Dangerfield's destructive behavior when he learns that Marion has received money from his father?

4. At whose expense does Dangerfield live a better life in London?

5. How does Dangerfield's change in his personal hygiene reflect his move into a wealthier lifestyle?

6. Explain how Chapter 10 is a long, crass joke indicative of Dangerfield's unwillingness to examine himself when problems arise.

7. What does Chris learn about Dangerfield and Marion's sex life and what does Dangerfield reveal about wanting to have sex with Chris?

8. Why does Dangerfield believe that his father's death is the end to all of Dangerfield's problems?

9. What does O'Keefe realize about Dangerfield when he loans Dangerfield money?

10. Why is Dangerfield so angry to learn that Marion has contacted his father?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the role of the family in THE GINGER MAN. What does it mean for each of the main characters? How does the family disintegrate? How typical is this family to most Irish families living during the mid-20th century?

Essay Topic 2

Create a character study of Marion. What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Marion?

Essay Topic 3

J.P. Donleavy is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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