The Rules of Attraction 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. Which of the following activities is NOT something Paul and Sean regularly do together?

2. In what state is this novel set?

3. Which of the following terms of endearment does Paul's mother refer to him as?

4. What reason did Henry give for wanting to kill himself?

5. Who compares the end of the night at a party to being picked for gym class?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Paul react when he hears that someone is dropping love notes in Sean's mailbox?

2. How does Sean react when he is turned down for sex by Roxanne at a party?

3. What type of mysterious letters are being dropped in Sean's mailbox, and who does he think the letters are from?

4. Who is Henry, and why is he depressed about his life?

5. Who does Paul meet on the bus on the way to Boston?

6. What type of relationship did Sean used to have with the hippie he once dated?

7. How does Paul get to the bus station when he is headed toward Boston?

8. How does Victor pass the time during his European vacation?

9. Why does Lauren spend the majority of the party pining over her boyfriend Victor?

10. How does Lauren react when she is approached by the freshman, Steve, at The Commons?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the opening scene of the novel. Do you think it is an effective opening to the novel? Why or why not? What is accomplished in introducing all the characters at once in one raucous party scene? What is lost?

Essay Topic 2

When Paul is in Boston, he is reunited with an old flame, Richard. First, explain the history that Paul has with Richard and why he was excited to be sharing a room in Boston with his old friend. Then, explain how Paul and Richard treated each other upon their reunification. How did Paul's treatment of Richard compare/contrast to his treatment of Sean?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, the reader sees glimpses into Sean's romantic history, including stories of many ex-girlfriends. First, create a time line of significant romantic relationships in Sean's life and the lessons he learned from each one. Then, use the time line to explain Sean's treatment of Lauren, particularly at the end of their relationship. Do you think Sean's behavior in his relationship with Lauren was inevitable? Why or why not?

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