The Loved One Test | Final 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 does the secretary tell Mr. Slump about Aimée?

2. What does Aimée tell Dennis that does not bother him?

3. What does Mr. Joyboy tell Dennis?

4. What of Aimée's is/are more lofty than her brain or body?

5. Of what is Mr. Slump tired?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Aimée react to the latest love poem from Dennis, and what does she not realize about the poem?

2. Describe Aimée's date with Mr. Joyboy to meet his mother.

3. What does the cricket club do in order to induce Dennis to return to England?

4. What does Aimée say in her most recent letter Guru Brahmin?

5. How is Mr. Slump feeling at the opening to this chapter and why?

6. What does Mr. Joyboy say about his mother when Aimée asks about her and how does this conversation lead to another discovery about Dennis?

7. What does Mr. Slump say about women regarding men?

8. Why are the other cosmeticians becoming jealous of Aimée?

9. Who is Guru Brahmin?

10. What does the narrator explain about Aimée and where she was raised at the opening of this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think The Loved One is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Evelyn Waugh.

2. What in Waugh's background may have helped him in writing The Loved One? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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