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 thing said to be on the building of the funeral home?

2. Who comes and goes all day to the funeral home?

3. What did Sir Francis once work as?

4. How does Sir Francis have to get to work?

5. About what does Sir Ambrose give a speech?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. About what does the author warn readers?

4. What does Sir Francis learn when he next arrives at the studio?

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

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

7. Describe the Orchid Room when Dennis visits Whispering Glades the day before Sir Francis' funeral.

8. What does Dennis find when he enters the Slumber Room?

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

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

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

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 Loved One help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Loved One? Why or why not.

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Loved One based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Loved One 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 Loved One a successful novel? What about young teens?

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