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. How does Bogus describe himself in the beginning of Chapter 4?

2. Why did Biggie say Bogus still wouldn't succeed with a life like Couth's?

3. What does Bogus say Ralph would look like in a tropical climate?

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

5. Biggie doesn't cry. What does she do instead?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does a katydid alter Bogus's view of the world?

2. Describe the difference between Bogus's worry for the mouse versus his worry for the turtles and fish.

3. How did the theme of Bogus's letter to Consumer Reports relate to the speech he would have given "number 368" if he weren't so exhausted?

4. How did Bogus describe the difference between him and skiers?

5. Give at least three examples to support Bogus's sense of entitlement in the world.

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

7. What is the difference between Bogus and Colm?

8. 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?

9. How did Bogus describe Biggie's femininity upon meeting her?

10. Why did Ralph not think he needed to pay Bogus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story begins with Bogus looking for a solution for his urinary tract issues. Bogus notes that his father, who is a urologist, could not identify his urinary issues even though Dr. Vigneron claims they are quiet obvious. Expand on this thought and how it applies to Bogus's overall life. Also, Bogus has four choices for how to handle his problems. The choices are medication, abstinence, surgery, or the Water-Method. Explain how the choices he makes represent his interaction with the world.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

How does the Water-Method man relate to or express the conflict of society during the time the novel was written? Cite at least three examples from the book.

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