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. What is the name of the bar Paul and Sean frequent together?

2. Who finds their professor passed out in his office, reeking of marijuana?

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

4. What is Lauren's major at college?

5. What project is Lauren working on in her art studio?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Paul's perspective of the evening, what happened when Sean leaves the party and comes back to his house?

2. How does Mitchell treat Paul after the first time they sleep together?

3. Why does Lauren feel guilty about having sex with Franklin at a party?

4. What is the significance of the quote "when the sun sets"?

5. What event prevents Paul from meeting Sean for their "date"?

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

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

8. What happens when Sean attempts to have sex with Deirdre after the party?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Unrequited love is prominent theme throughout the novel. Choose at least two instances of relationships considered to be unrequited love. Then compare/contrast the reasons behind this unrequited love. Why can't it be reciprocated? Then, explain the results of this unrequited love in the characters' lives. Why might Ellis claim that unrequited love is the most dangerous kind of love?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

This novel is often seen as an homage to the death of romance. Do you agree with this analysis of the novel? Why or why not? Are there any instances of true love in the novel? If so, where? If not, do you think any of the characters are capable of true love? Why?

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