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 team does Jackie Robinson play for in 1947?

2. What varsity sport did Fanshawe play for a brief period in his sophomore year before suddenly quitting the team?

3. What year is it when Blue begins work on the case?

4. What is the word that the narrator uses to describe his attitude toward Fanshawe that is more accurate than envy?

5. What identity does Blue adopt for himself during his second conversation with Black?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What does the narrator learn about Fanshawe through his interviews with Fanshawe's friends and family? What is he looking for that he does not find?

3. 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?

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

5. What does Jane Fanshawe do after lunch? What does the narrator think motivates this act?

6. In The Locked Room, what is Sophie Fanshawe's condition when her husband goes missing? Describe the trajectory of her emotional reaction to his disappearance.

7. According to the narrator's recollection, why does Fanshawe give his birthday gift to Dennis Walden? What is the outcome and why is this incident significant for the narrator?

8. What is difficult for Blue about writing the monthly reports of Black's activities for White to read? What does he want to include in the reports to make them more truthful?

9. When Blue first meets White in the novel Ghosts, what type of case does he think he is becoming involved in? What does he notice about White that makes him change his opinion?

10. What aspects of Fanshawe's background could be considered possible liabilities on the ship? How does his background affect the way in which he is actually treated by his fellow shipmates?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of violence in The New York Trilogy? Is violence a significant theme in all three stories? Why or why not? Give specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout The New York Trilogy, there are allusions to Robinson Crusoe. Give an example from each of the three stories. What is the significance of this allusion? What is the relationship between isolation and writing?

Essay Topic 3

Identity is a major theme throughout The New York Trilogy. Give one example where identity is confused or a new identity is assumed from each of the three stories. What does this confusion about identity imply about the author's view of reality?

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