The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Joel Dicker
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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. Who did Nancy tell Marcus she had seen Nola with several times in the summer of 1975?

2. What is the name of the head individual at Marcus's publisher?

3. What object at table 17 at Clark's was meant to honor Harry?

4. What was the name of the small area where Harry's house is situated in Somerset?

5. Why did Jenny think Harry had feelings for her?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Marcus achieve his successes in high school and college, in both sports and writing?

2. How did Harry meet Nola?

3. When Marcus questioned Jenny as part of his investigation, what did Jenny tell Marcus about how Harry felt about him that shocked Marcus?

4. After Marcus began receiving threatening notes, what happened that was a far more dangerous warning for him to stop his investigation?

5. How did the townspeople of Somerset react when they find out that Harry had an affair with 15-year-old Nola?

6. What is one main reason that Jenny Quinn thought Harry might be in love with her in 1975?

7. What crucial piece of information did Nola's friend Nancy Hattaway tell Marcus that resulted in a critical misunderstanding later in the book?

8. How did Tamara Quinn attempt to figure out if Harry was Jewish?

9. What is the Writer's Disease Marcus Goldman describes at the book's start?

10. What did Travis Dawn habitually do before he would speak to Jenny?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think Marcus's decision to publish The Seagulls of Somerset as Luther Caleb's work rights the enormous, earlier wrong that Harry committed against Luther in terms of giving appropriate credit and honoring a writer's work?

Essay Topic 2

What does the idea of Writer's Heaven mean to Harry? Write an essay explaining what Writer's Heaven, as Harry describes it to Marcus, symbolizes as the book comes to its conclusion.

Essay Topic 3

Harry and Marcus often boxed together. Write an essay analyzing what their boxing sessions symbolize about their relationship and explore why Dicker may have chosen that particular sport for them to participate in together.

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