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. Who is Egbert Skully?

2. Where does the woman in #41 work?

3. What does Dangerfield do to calm himself after a fight with Marion?

4. Why does Marion slap Dangerfield?

5. How much money does O'Keefe give to Dangerfield?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Dangerfield and Marion feel about living in the new house?

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

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

4. How are Marion and O'Keefe alike in their relationships with Dangerfield?

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

6. Why do Dangerfield and Marion fight when she returns home from her trip?

7. What does Chris discern about her relationship with Dangerfield?

8. How does Dangerfield view his wife and child and his life in general?

9. Why does Dangerfield leave Chris when she confronts him about the bar brawl she reads about in the newspaper?

10. Has Dangerfield's life improved from moving from the rickety house to the house in the city?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Poverty seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the sense of poverty? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

The author uses several instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an instance of foreshadowing.

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