The New York Trilogy 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 year is it when Blue begins work on the case?

2. In what condition does Blue leave Black in the apartment?

3. What conclusion does the narrator draw from the examples of La Chère and Da Ponte?

4. According to Fanshawe's letters, what was the hardest but most interesting job he had on the ship?

5. How will Blue be paid for his work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Fanshawe do during his trip to the cemetery with the narrator on the day of his father's death? What does his action remind the narrator of from their early childhood?

2. Why does the narrator struggle with showing Fanshawe's letter to Sophie? What does he do instead?

3. When Black speaks to Blue about Walt Whitman, what two internal organs does he compare? What do these viscera have to do with the profession of writing?

4. About what aspect of Fanshawe's writing do Sophie and Fanshawe disagree? What is the compromise that Fanshawe offers her a few months before his disappearance?

5. Why does Fanshawe continue to address his letters to Ellen even after her breakdown? To whom are the letters meant to communicate?

6. When the narrator agrees to Stuart Green's project, what does he decide he will have to be deceitful about? How does this change the work he has been commissioned to do?

7. When Blue enters Black's apartment disguised as the Fuller Brush man, what does Black tell Blue his profession is? When Blue later breaks into Black's apartment and steals the papers from his desk, what does he find them to contain?

8. What is Jane Fanshawe's critique of her son? How does she describe the relationship between Fanshawe and his parents?

9. Who told Blue stories about the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge? What was this person's profession and what became of him?

10. What does Blue want to do when he thinks about the future Mrs. Blue? How does this make him realize that he is changing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Letters are important objects in The New York Trilogy. How do these objects impulse the action of the narrative? Give two specific examples from The Locked Room.

Essay Topic 2

The theme of incomprehensibility is present throughout The Locked Room. What makes the writer conclude that life does not make sense? What does this say about the writer's relationship to reality and the challenge of his work?

Essay Topic 3

What is the importance of setting in the three novels that comprise The New York Trilogy? How is the city represented in each of the novels? What associations does New York have with writing and writers?

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