The Lotus Eaters: A Novel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Tatjana Soli
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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 Darrow, Gary and Linh feel about Helen when they meet her?

2. How did Helen get into the field without Darrow?

3. What does the person who Helen meets tell her?

4. Why is Saigon in chaos?

5. From what story did the quote about the Lotus Eaters come?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Helen meet in the Special Forces and what does she learn from him and what happens to him?

2. How does Helen's teaching Linh to swim change something for Linh?

3. What do Annick and Helen discuss when she has dinner with Annick?

4. Where are the foreign correspondents going and where does Helen think of going?

5. What does Helen witness in Saigon as the Viet Cong arrive?

6. What happens to Darrow and Anderson?

7. What happens when Linh meets his first American?

8. What did Linh do while away from Helen and Darrow?

9. How does Helen meet Darrow and what happens when she does?

10. What does Robert agree to do for Linh?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Lotus Eaters based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Lotus Eaters is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider The Lotus Eaters a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes The Lotus Eaters interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Helen. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Sam Darrow. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Linh. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Lotus Eaters is? Explain your response.

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