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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 Esther get from Lenny's apartment to the Amazon?

2. What causes Esther's skiing accident?

3. What faux pas does Esther make with the bellman when she first arrives at the Amazon?

4. Where do Buddy and Esther go after the Yale Junior Prom?

5. What does Esther think may have caused Buddy's TB?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Marco give Esther his diamond stick pin?

2. Describe the Amazon.

3. Describe Buddy's letter to Esther (that is waiting for her when she gets home).

4. How does Esther change from the beginning to the end of this chapter?

5. Why does Marco attack Esther?

6. Describe Irwin

7. Why does Esther decide to take a bath when she returns to her hotel?

8. What is Esther's standing joke with her grandfather about caviar?

9. Describe the scene at the cemetery.

10. Who are Frankie and Lenny?

Essay Topics

What would you have done if you had developed depression as Esther had? Would you have taken the same actions as her? Why? How would your personal experience be different or the same as Esther's?

Esther's family live has a subtle but important effect on the changes that she undergoes throughout the novel. Discuss:

1) Esther's family dynamics

2) the impact of Esther's family life on her personal life

3) how Esther's life would have been different if both of her parents had been alive.

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

The narrator talks about Joan being Esther's double. Compare and contrast these two characters focusing on:

1) their personality traits

2) their progression towards mental illness

3) their progression towards recovery from mental illness.

Cite several specific examples from the novel to support your ideas.

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