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. Why is Linh not with Helen at the beginning of the book?

2. What worries Darrow about Helen the most?

3. What does Helen attempt to do the evening she returns from the field?

4. What is Helen's first assignment from Gary?

5. What does Helen start to do so the soldiers will respect her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Darrow tell Helen he has in Saigon and what does he say about his life?

2. Who do Linh and Helen tell about their marriage and what is his response?

3. How does Helen survive in Saigon without Darrow?

4. Why is Helen stopped on the street and what happens when she is stopped?

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

6. What do Helen and Robert discuss concerning Vietnam?

7. Who does Helen meet at the river and what do they discuss?

8. What have Helen and Linh been doing for three years and why?

9. Who is Thao and what does she feel towards Linh and Helen?

10. What does Robert ask Helen and what is her response?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Lotus Eaters.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Lotus Eaters. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Lotus Eaters. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Helen and Linh. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Linh and Darrow. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in The Lotus Eaters help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Lotus Eaters and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Lotus Eaters is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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