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 do Dennis' offerings do?

2. What poem is used at the Heart of the Bruce?

3. What does Dennis ask Erroll Bartholomew?

4. Why does Dennis say he should be offended by Aimée?

5. How has Aimée's "friend" at work become?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Mr. Joyboy tell Dennis about Aimée?

7. What happens when Aimée calls Mr. Slump at a pub, and what does she do as a result of the conversation?

8. What does Aimée write to the columnist about Dennis?

9. Why has Aimée written a local newspaper columnist and what does he reply to her?

10. Describe Dennis' conversation with Aimée when he follows her to Nutburger Café.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. The Loved One does not end on a happy note. Discuss, in depth, how do you think this type of ending affects a reader's overall satisfaction with the book?

3. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Loved One and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Loved One is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

4. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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

Waugh has begun to build a devastating picture of the callousness of life in Los Angeles. The colleagues of Sir Francis are probably right that he killed himself because his contract was not renewed, which is a sad commentary on the poverty of his life; without the job, he had nothing for which to live. The bluster of Sir Ambrose at the Cricket Club is transparently self-serving, as he extracts himself from doing any work to arrange the funeral of his supposed friend. Instead, he talks about getting high-profile Hollywood people to attend the service, because that will make the British film community look good. The soullessness of these characters would be depressing if they were not such ridiculous figures.

1. Explain how a person's job might become so important that she or he would kill her/himself if the job is lost. Include what you think that might say about a person's life. Use examples from The Loved One and your own life to support your answer.

2. Explain, in depth, Sir Ambrose's behavior in the context of the cliche: keeping up with the Jones. Use examples from The Loved One and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think that extreme self-interest and callousness is the norm in America society? Why or why not? Include thoughts on where this type of behavior might be learned by children. Use examples from The Loved One and your own life to support your answer.

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