The Portable Dorothy Parker Test | Mid-Book 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. How long have Mr. and Mrs. Bain lived in their home?

2. How does Mimi describe her husband's visit when her friend calls?

3. What color dress does Mimi buy for her husband's leave?

4. Who decided that the Old Gentleman should come to live with the Bains?

5. Where are the couple in the train car headed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the irony in the poem "The False Friends."

2. Describe the role of Mrs. Whittaker in the story "The Wonderful Old Gentleman."

3. Compare the poems "Social Note" and "For An Unknown Lady."

4. Why is Mimi upset after her husband's phone call in the beginning of "The Lovely Leave"?

5. How does "A Telephone Call" reinforce Dorothy Parker's perspective regarding the relationship between men and women?

6. In the short story, "The Wonderful Old Gentleman," what influence has the Old Gentleman had on the Bains' lives in the five years that he has lived with them?

7. What message is sent by the poem "Now At Liberty"?

8. In the story "Dusk Before Fireworks," why does Kit try to pretend that she is not bothered by the attention that other women pay to Hobie?

9. How might Mrs. Martindale solve Mrs. Wyman's problem and her own at the same time?

10. What is the cause of the underlying tension between the young bride and the groom in "Here We Are"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dorothy Parker often portrays the relationship between men and women as adversarial. Support this observation by providing and analyzing evidence from both her short stories and her poetry. Be sure to use specific examples and quotations when appropriate.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the theme of lost love in Dorothy Parker's poetry. How consistent or common is this theme? What do the poems reveal about Parker's attitude toward love, in particular lost love? Be sure to include specific examples and quotations to support your observations.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the ways in which some characters in Dorothy Parker's short stories exert control over other characters. What methods do they use to gain and maintain this control? What purpose does this control seem to serve? What seems to be Parker's attitude toward these "controlling" characters? Be sure to include specific examples and quotations to support your points.

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