The Innocent 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 compliment about his appearance does Maria first give Leonard in Chapter 6?

2. In Chapter 6, why does Leonard almost leave Maria's apartment when he wants to stay?

3. What game do the Americans set up outside the warehouse in Chapter 10?

4. How old is Maria?

5. How did Maria learn her English?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unique about the way Glass drives?

2. Why does Glass want to interrogate Maria in Chapter 9?

3. What story does Leonard give the Englishman he meets in Chapter 3 about his work?

4. What is Glass's response to Leonard's apartment in Chapter 2?

5. As Leonard watches the Americans toss a football back and forth, what are his impressions of them and the game?

6. What are Leonard's first impressions of his new apartment in Chapter 1?

7. How does Maria first convince Leonard to stay in her apartment in Chapter 6?

8. What fantasy does Leonard begin to have in regards to Maria in Chapter 8?

9. How is Leonard's apology to Maria in Chapter 11 a first for him?

10. How does Leonard motivate himself to keep unpacking boxes in Chapter 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the importance of setting within The Innocent. Make sure to discuss at least two different settings and how the descriptions of those settings are integral in the development of the themes and characters.

Essay Topic 2

In The Innocent, McEwan includes several historical figures and events from post-World War II Berlin throughout the novel. Using at least three examples of these figures or events from the text, discuss how the inclusion of these characters affect the plot and direct the themes of the novel.

Essay Topic 3

McEwan utilizes the literary tool of irony extensively throughout The Innocent. Using at least three textual examples, describe how McEwan utilizes irony to establish themes, strengthen characterizations and add humor.

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