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 cafeteria where the college students at Camden eat their meals?

2. How does Paul react when he hears that someone is leaving notes in Sean's mailbox?

3. Which of the following adjectives does Paul use to describe Candice, Mitchell's date to the party?

4. What is the name of the hotel where Paul travels to meet his mother?

5. What Frankie Vallie song does Paul fantasize about Sean singing to him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Paul hesitant to meet his mother in Boston when she requests a visit?

4. Why does Sean think that Lauren is the girl leaving love notes in his mailbox?

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

6. What does the mystery girl think is going to happen when she attends the "Dressed to Get Screwed" party?

7. How does Sean react when Paul meets him to apologize for missing their date?

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

9. What is the reaction of friends when word spreads that Tim has gotten Sara pregnant?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the opening of the novel, both Lauren and Sean have sexual partners that embarrass them, Steve and Deirdre. First, explain why Lauren is embarrassed of Steve and compare/contrast this to the embarrassment Sean feels about Deirdre. Based on the embarrassments of these two characters, what can the reader assume is most important in the relationships of these young characters?

Essay Topic 2

At the end of the novel, Sean seems to have learned nothing from experience and does not seem to have matured. Is there any character in the novel who seems to have learned from past mistakes? Support your answer with specific details from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

The relationship between Paul and Sean is certainly one of the most confusing in the novel. What discrepancies does the reader see in the two retellings of the relationship? Why do you think Ellis chooses to present the relationship between these men with confusion rather than straight narrative? Do you think this method of storytelling is effective? Why or why not?

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