The Leftovers Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Tom Perrotta
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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. Whose photograph is on the front page of the pamphlet being handed out by Reverend Matt Jamison at the Three-Year Anniversary parade?

2. Who is described as "every girl's first choice" in the game of "Get a Room" that Jill and Aimee play?

3. What is the name of Meg's former fiance?

4. What cartoon does Nora Durst watch repeatedly because it reminds her of her lost children?

5. In what subject did Nora earn her college degree?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Wayne Gilchrest? Why has he been arrested in Part One?

2. How has Jill Garvey been affected by the Sudden Departure in Part One?

3. Who is Meg Lomax? What doubts does this character face when she is introduced in Part Two?

4. What does the act of smoking cigarettes signify in the novel?

5. Where are Laurie’s and Meg’s lodgings in Part Two? How is this setting described?

6. What does Reverend Matt Jamison give to Nora Durst in Part Two? How does she respond?

7. What is Kevin Garvey’s role in Mapleton? Why does he attend the parade in Part One?

8. Whom did Nora Durst lose on the day of the Sudden Departure? How has this affected her?

9. What is Kevin’s relationship to The Carpe Diem? How often does Kevin frequent this establishment?

10. What does Reverend Matt Jamison represent symbolically in the narrative?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Nora Durst and her losses in the Sudden Departure. Who in Nora’s family was lost? How does Nora cope with her grief? What obstacles does Nora face in the course of the narrative?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the character of Wayne Gilchrest in the novel. Whom did Wayne lose in the Sudden Departure? What led Wayne to develop the Healing Hug Movement? What charges are brought against Holy Wayne? How does he respond to the charges?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the mission and beliefs of the Watchers in the novel. Why do the Watchers wear white and smoke cigarettes? Whom do they follow and what are their reasons for following people? How many Watchers are there?

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