The Time of Your Life 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 is Joe doing at a table by himself?

2. What does Tom realize he needs in order to marry Kitty?

3. What does Joe say that people spend 23 boring hours doing each day?

4. What does Nick yell at Willie?

5. What does Joe do with all the newspapers he buys from the newsboy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the old man and how does he ingratiate himself into the activities at the bar?

2. How is Nick's character further revealed in Act 4?

3. How does Blick intimidate Kitty into humiliating behavior?

4. How is Harry described in Act 1?

5. What is the setting for Act 2?

6. How does Joe engage the woman sitting alone at the center table in the bar?

7. How is Kitty Duval described in Act 1?

8. How does Kitty respond when Nick insinuates that she is a prostitute?

9. How does Joe verbally keep Tom in a subordinate position?

10. What toy do Tom and Joe bring Kitty to cheer her up?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of women in the 1930s when the women in the novel are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study on Joe. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him--if anything--at this point in his life?

Essay Topic 3

The author uses several instances of irony in the book. One example is the lesson in humility that the humble Tom teaches the arrogant Joe who is usually the one doling out lessons with money. Cite at least three other examples you can identify in the story and note why they are examples of irony.

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