The Water-method Man 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 did Biggie do for a career at the time that she met Bogus?

2. What was Bogus's complaint about Sinclair?

3. What did Bogus hope to see at Elsbeth's house?

4. What didn't Bogus like about Biggie's work outfit?

5. Where did Bogus and Biggie stay for the summer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the reasoning behind Mr. Fitch's contempt for "war-built" items.

2. When Bogus promised to take care of a small matter in the home, Biggie seemed genuinely surprised that he could and would handle it. Why was Biggie's astonishment painful to Bogus?

3. How does Bogus's life with Tulpen begin to mirror his life with Biggie?

4. How did the dictionary symbolize Bogus's work ethic in life?

5. What offer does Tulpen make to Bogus? What reasoning does Tulpen give for her offer?

6. How are Bogus's plumbing problems symbolic of his medical issues?

7. Why is Bogus affected by the disappearance of the eel?

8. What caused Biggie and Bogus to fight in Chapter 14?

9. In Chapter 18, what comparison does Bogus make between Akthelt and Gunnel and his life?

10. How did Bogus's letter to Biggie differ from his daily interactions with her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Merrill Overturf dies in the Danube looking for the tank he often mentioned to Bogus. He was hoping to impress a girl with his discovery. What symbolism does this death have in relation to the way Merrill led his life?

Essay Topic 2

Bogus has various names throughout the novel given to him by other characters. Although different, each name represents an aspect of Bogus's character surprisingly well. Note the origin of each of the five names, and expand upon how they characterize Bogus.

Essay Topic 3

The Water-Method Man offers four homes as part of the setting for the story. The homes include Bogus's home with Biggie, Bogus's home with Tulpen, the brothel in Vienna, and the Pillsbury estate in Maine. Each of these homes is characteristic of the relationships inside. Explain the connection between each home and its occupants with support from the text.

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