The Loser 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 did Wertheimer copy from the narrator?

2. According to the narrator's list of statements, what is said about "all that is spoken"?

3. What kind of ego did Glenn have?

4. Why did Glenn cut down the ash in front of his window?

5. Who else confirmed the narrator's opinion that Glenn was extraordinary?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Glenn desire in people?

2. How did Glenn disprove his parents?

3. Describe how the narrator feels about suicide.

4. Why were the "Goldberg Variations" significant to the narrator and Wertheimer?

5. Describe the item that was left in the three friends apartment that they rented in Leopoldskron.

6. What did Wertheimer and the narrator resort to after they quit playing piano?

7. Why were Glenn and Wertheimer compared to each other in Section 2?

8. How did the writing change after Wertheimer's funeral, at the beginning of Section 6?

9. Describe the way the three friend's perceived New York City.

10. How was Wertheimer's suicide ironic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does solitude play an important role among all three friends? Specifically include examples that show each friend in a moment of solitude. Support your statements with examples and quotes from "The Loser."

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of despair and loss among the trio of friends. Explain in order from greatest suffering to least suffering. Who suffers and loses the most during their lifetime?Support your statements with examples and quotes from "The Loser."

Essay Topic 3

Explain the importance of "Goldberg Variations" and how it serves as an antagonist to Wertheimer and the narrator. Support your statements with examples and quotes from "The Loser."

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