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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 asserts, "One moment does not lead to another" in Section 4?

2. How does Rhoda characterize herself at the end of Section 3?

3. What do the characters wish to do with the moment they share in the restaurant in Section 4?

4. Which of the characters muses on a book that he wishes to keep when he is older?

5. What is the name of the cook at school?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about how Rhoda appears in Section 7?

2. What are the characters doing at the beginning of Section 8, and why is that important?

3. What is significant about displaying the children in school in the novel's first section?

4. Briefly analyze Neville's attitude towards religion.

5. How does the structure of Section 5 parallel the development of the characters?

6. Characterize Neville's state of mind as he appears at the end of Section 6.

7. Characterize the way Bernard appears in Section 5.

8. Elaborate on what Rhoda identifies as the problems the characters have faced in their lives in Section 8.

9. What is significant about the opening description to Section 4?

10. Describe how Neville and Bernard are different as they appear in Section 3.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a detailed essay that addresses the question of whether or not Bernard is the novel's central character. Provide ample textual evidence to support your claim.

Essay Topic 2

When Jinny kisses Louis, only Susan is privy to the event, and this event should have only affected these three characters. But the loss of innocence pervades the whole novel. Write an essay which examines the theme of the loss of innocence, beginning with an analysis of "The Kiss" and its effect on the group.

Essay Topic 3

Write a detailed essay which examines the many instances of foreshadowing in this novel. Of particular significance here is the way the characters appear in the first two sections to how they appear in the final sections. Consider comparing and contrasting the young and adult characters. Another good idea would be to look at Sections 4 and 8, the two most important sections which feature all of the characters in the same place and time. Pay particular attention to what emotions the characters have as children and how much these emotions carry over to their adult lives.

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