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. Why does Sir Ambrose drop by?

2. What is the review about that Dennis finds an article on in Sir Francis' sock drawer?

3. Of what are the side aisles made in the church where Dennis visits?

4. What did Dennis do in World War II?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who arrives and what does he say to Sir Francis?

2. Why is Mr. Schultz displeased with Dennis and how does Dennis try to convince Mr. Schultz to feel otherwise?

3. What does Sir Francis Hinsley say about Americans?

4. What does Aimée think of Mr. Joyboy's work?

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

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

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

8. Who is the cosmetician and what does she tell Dennis?

9. With what makeover is Sir Francis having difficulty?

10. How does Dennis respond to finding a dead Sir Francis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dennis reminds Aimee that she pledged her troth to him, and she is again thrown into a quandary. Her sense of honor will not allow her to go back on her word, and Dennis refuses to release her from the promise. Still, she knows that she could never marry him now, not only because of the hoax concerning the poems but because she considers his job to be beneath her dignity.

Dennis tries to wiggle out of his predicament by stressing a detail, which is that he never actually said the poems were written by him, and he is quite surprised to see that what works is the promise she made to him at the Lovers' Nook. Dennis is so removed from considerations of honor that he could not even conceive that Aimée's pledge would hold her. Indeed, his interest in the marriage increasingly looks like a game he wants to win, simply because winning is good. When a distraught Aimée telephones Mr. Joyboy, she gets exactly what she would have expected, had she been a more insightful person. He is busy with his mother, and it is not convenient for him to see her, even though he can tell that a visit from him is important to her.

1. Do you think Aimee's sense of honor is a positive or negative value? Why? Use examples from The Loved One and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss, in depth, what type of person Dennis must be to hold a woman to a pledge of marriage when she wants out and to look upon making her marry him as a game. Use examples from The Loved One and your own life to support your answer.

3. What should Aimee figure out from Mr. Joyboy putting his mother before her? What do you think Aimee should do about Mr. Joyboy and Dennis? Why do you think she does what she did? Use examples from The Loved One and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in The Loved One. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Waugh chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Waugh chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Waugh's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Waugh use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

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.

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