The Loved One Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is one word that one of the Englishmen might use to describe Americans?

2. Why is the person not pleased about Dennis' responsibilities?

3. About what does Ambrose admonish Sir Francis?

4. Who does the author suggest return the book unread to where they got it?

5. With what is Sir Francis having difficulty?

Short Essay Questions

1. With what makeover is Sir Francis having difficulty?

2. What are the English expatriates talking about at the cricket club?

3. Who comes through Whispering Glades to view Sir Francis' and who does not come through and why?

4. What does Aimée do to Sir Francis?

5. What does Dennis see as he walks among the graves?

6. What racist question does the secretary ask Dennis and how does he respond?

7. About what does the author warn readers?

8. What does Dennis accomplish during his time in Italy?

9. What does Sir Ambrose ask of Dennis and what does Dennis find out about Sir Francis as a writer?

10. Who is Mr. Joyboy and what is he delivering to the cosmetician?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes The Loved One interesting. Discuss the following:

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

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Amiee. 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.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Mr. Joyboy. 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 2

Waugh's sardonic take on the overwrought rituals of death in America intensifies in this chapter, as Dennis visits the prepared corpse of Sir Francis at Whispering Glades. Amid a profusion of flowers that itself seems cloying, the cricketing trophy reposes like a bad joke, as if the thing of principal value in this man's life was a social game. The Slumber Room is another tasteless touch, with its intimation that people should think of the corpse as merely having a nap.

1. Discuss the various rituals most Americans up hold around the event of the death of a loved one. Use examples from The Loved One and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think the rituals surrounding death in America are dysfunctional? Why or why not? Use examples from The Loved One and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss various reasons you can see behind the rituals of death in America and the hiding away of dying people. Use examples from The Loved One and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The Loved One is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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