The Humans: A Novel Test | Final 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. How do the narrator’s hosts characterize human beings?

2. How does the narrator dispose of the replacement’s body?

3. What does the narrator say he found terrifying about making love with Maggie?

4. How does the narrator try to blunt the replacement’s power?

5. Why does the narrator want to replace the purple sofa?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the general tendency in the advice the narrator writes out for his son (and for the reader)?

2. What gesture does Isobel Martin make at Daniel Russell’s funeral, and how does it affect the narrator?

3. What is the narrator about to tell Isobel when he sees Zӧe being harassed on the street?

4. What effect does the evening out at Hamlet have on Isobel?

5. What does the narrator learn from the fall he takes with Gulliver?

6. What happens to prevent the narrator killing Gulliver?

7. What happens when the narrator sets Gulliver up to fight Theo “The Fucking Business” Clarke (181)?

8. Why does the narrator say he did not try to patch things up with Isobel?

9. What brings the narrator back to Isobel and Gulliver?

10. What happens when the narrator tells Isobel about having sex with Maggie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the importance of money in The Humans? How would the book be different if the Martin family were a regular working family? What would the stressors be? How would a poorer family limit the book’s options?

Essay Topic 2

Who in today’s world holds the view that humans are greedy and violent? What policies do the parties who believe this propose? Who in today’s world believes that humans are flawed but basically good? What policies do the parties who believe this propose? How does The Humans answer this divergence of opinions?

Essay Topic 3

When is The Humans most itself? What is its characteristic passage, or moment? What makes that moment or passage the most representative of the book as a whole? Are there any places where the book seems to depart from its typical self, as if to become a different book?

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