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. For whom does Joe call out and then whistle for?

2. Harry wants Nick to hire him as a ________________.

3. What is the woman's first name?

4. Who is the young black man to whom Nick gives a free lunch?

5. Tom tells Joe that he has had a problem with _______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author show that Joe is trying to be a better person?

2. How does Tom behave when he discovers Kitty is a prostitute?

3. How does the author foreshadow some conflict regarding the character of Blick?

4. Why is the appearance of Nick's daughter such an emotional experience for him?

5. What is the setting for Act 1 of THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE?

6. How does Nick show his soft-hearted side to those who are down on their luck?

7. How does the author use the different characters to show the different elements that make up American society?

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

9. How does Tom react to the sailor beating on Kitty's door?

10. What things does Joe tell Tom to buy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

The marble machine almost becomes a character in the book because it plays such an important role in the story. Explain how an inanimate object can be a character in a story and how the marble machine "interacted" with the "other" characters. Cite three examples to support your claim.

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