Tropic of Cancer 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. Who comprises the communal life with Henry?

2. On what are Henry and Boris talking about collaborating?

3. What does the young Hindu do that upsets the madame?

4. How does Nanantatee irritate Henry?

5. Why does Henry say that no one ever dies in Paris?

Short Essay Questions

1. What lie does Henry tell the Cronstadts when they invite him to join their meal?

2. What does Elsa say bout the Englishman upstairs playing Bach?

3. What importance does Henry place on both the past and the future?

4. How does Henry see the cheap whores at the corner of Rue Amelot?

5. Why is Henry so generous with his praise of the prostitute Germaine?

6. How did Nanantatee fool Henry and other people when he was in New York?

7. What are Henry's evenings with Carl like?

8. How does Henry see the American women at the Cafe de la Paix or the Ritz Bar?

9. What is Henry's bright idea to get at least one free meal a day?

10. What had Henry hoped for when he met Serge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on the power of words and how Miller's use of street language makes his novel so powerful. When reading THE TROPIC OF CANCER, does the vocabulary sometimes make you uncomfortable? Do you think that is exactly the reaction Miller hoped for? Discuss the difference in reading such a novel for its literary merits rather than for satisfying prurient curiosity.

Essay Topic 2

Miller correctly identifies many people's obsession with royalty in Chapter 12 when he writes about Macha, the presumed Russian princess. Write a paper expressing your opinion about how you see the status of royalty today. You might want to include a reference to the late Princess Diana of England in your comments.

Essay Topic 3

Pretend you are a newspaper critic and write a summary and critique of THE TROPIC OF CANCER. In your review of the novel, include your recommendation about whether someone should or should not read the book and be specific about your reasons.

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