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. What does a soldier say about the Vietnamese and life?

2. Who teaches Helen about darkroom operation?

3. What is Curt determined to do?

4. What does Helen hear when she wakes that morning?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Helen and Linh board a medical helicopter?

2. How does Helen feel about her relationship with Darrow and how does Darrow feel about it?

3. How does Helen survive in Saigon without Darrow?

4. How does Linh end up working for the North?

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

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

7. What was Linh's life like before he was drafted into the army?

8. How did Linh end up working for Sam Darrow?

9. What is Helen doing in the streets of Saigon when the novel opens and what does she see and do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Lotus Eaters. Questions that Soli most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Soli' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Soli' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Soli and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Lotus Eaters, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Lotus Eaters. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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