The Lotus Eaters: A Novel Test | Final 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 Helen resent?

2. What does Linh believe giving in to Thao's seduction will be?

3. What does Darrow want to encourage Americans to do?

4. Who has Robert been dating?

5. What do Darrow and Tanner decide?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens with Robert?

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

3. What happens when Helen goes out on assignment with Captain Olsen?

4. Where do Helen and Darrow stay? Who offers better quarters and what does Darrow say?

5. What do Helen and Robert discuss concerning Vietnam?

6. What happens between Darrow and Tanner at the party and what does Darrow tell Helen about Tanner?

7. What does Helen resent about Darrow?

8. What trip does Linh talk Helen into taking with him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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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