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 Dennis ask concerning Non-sectarian ministers and embalmers?

2. Where is Mr. Slump when Aimée talks to him on the phone?

3. How is Guru Brahmin produced?

4. What does Dennis realize about Mr. Joyboy's ramblings?

5. What does Aimée tell Mr. Joyboy when he wants to celebrate with her?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dennis start wooing Aimée?

2. What is different between Aimée's first engagement compared to that of the one to Mr. Lovejoy?

3. How is Mr. Slump described and what does he write to Aimée after she writes of her thoughts about Dennis?

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

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

6. Who arrives when Dennis is training his replacement at Happier Hunting Grounds, and what does Dennis do with his trainee?

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

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

9. How do Dennis' poems help Aimée feel better and what does she do with one of them?

10. Describe the conversation between Mr. Joyboy and Aimée concerning Dennis' poems.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Loved One belongs to the satirical novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the satirical novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a satirical novel and a historical novel mystery?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The two British men who work in Hollywood discussing how to recast the image of an actress named Juanita del Pablo is a scathing commentary on the disingenuous and manipulative nature of the Hollywood star-making system. After Sir Ambrose leaves and Dennis goes to work, it becomes clear that his job is at a pet cemetery. The services for a dead dog that he offers to its owners are a parody of human burial rites. The husband is willing to do whatever Dennis considers to be the most socially acceptable thing, showing that his interest is not in his pet but in what his peers might think of him.

1. Do you think the Hollywood system of star making is disingenuous and manipulative? Discuss, in depth, why or why not. Use examples from The Loved One and your own life to support your answer.

2. If everyone would know that the film system of making stars is false and manipulative, why do you think the general public still falls for the manipulation and supports the system? Use examples from The Loved One and your own life to support your answer.

3. How much of behavior in America do you think is based on doing what is socially acceptable? What types of behaviors might these be? Use examples from The Loved One and your own life to support your answer.

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