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 did Helen get into the field without Darrow?

2. What job does Helen have in Saigon?

3. What does Darrow call Helen when he meets her?

4. What is Curt determined to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Helen finally get to be seen like one of the boys?

4. Why does Darrow worry about Helen?

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

6. What happens to Linh after Helen leaves him and what does Linh think about the events of the day?

7. How does Linh feel when he sees a picture of Helen and Darrow and why does he feel that way? What does he think about the picture?

8. How does Helen survive in Saigon without Darrow?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as The Lotus Eaters help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Lotus Eaters? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in The Lotus Eaters to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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