Tinkers Test | Final Test - Hard

Paul Harding
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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. Approximately how old is George as he lay dying in the novel?

2. George reveals that he has an inscribed first edition printing of what novel in one of his safety deposit boxes in Chapter 4?

3. Of his father and of the old Indian that repaired the canoe, Howard says in Chapter 3, "My memories of them are" what?

4. How much money does Edward Billings pay George to repair the clock at the bank in Chapter 4?

5. What word from Chapter 4 means serving as a relief?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Howard's death described in Chapter 4? What is this description juxtaposed against?

2. What is the principle motif used throughout Tinkers? What does this motif represent?

3. How would you describe George's relationship with his family as he passes from life in Tinkers?

4. How does the theme of competition apply to the characters and relationship of George and Howard Crosby in Tinkers?

5. Where does Megan go during the Christmas holidays in 1953? What does Howard do after she leaves?

6. How would you describe the language style of Tinkers? Is the language easy to understand?

7. How is the disappearance of Reverend Crosby described in Chapter 3, Part 1? How does Howard's mother address the issue?

8. What is implied in the conversation between George's wife and Charlie in Chapter 4, Part 1?

9. What is the last thing that George remembers before he dies in Chapter 4?

10. How does the theme of competition apply to the characters of Howard and Reverend Crosby?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the theme of heartache in Tinkers. How does Howard perceive the feelings of heartache and loss that he feels each day? How does George perceive these feelings within himself? What does it say about George and Howard that they perceive pain so differently?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the narrative perspectives employed in Tinkers. Is the main body of the story told from a first, second, or third-person narrator? How does the narrative shift in the novel? What indications does the author give for these changes in narrative style? Is the main narrator’s perspective limited or omniscient? How would the story differ if it were related with a different narrator?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author’s style of dialogue in the novel. Why do you think that Paul Harding chooses not to use quotation marks when the characters speak to one another? How does this choice affect you as a reader? How is the choice reflective of the themes in the novel?

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