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. What surrounds Henry on his walk on the Rue de Buci?

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

3. In spite of his hunger, where does Henry hang out in the evenings?

4. What does Henry resist taking from the Cronstadt baby?

5. Where is Marlowe about to go?

Short Essay Questions

1. When and how does Henry escape from the penitentiary of the Dijon University?

2. When the blonde woman stays away too long and leaves Henry alone in her room, what does he do?

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

4. What do Henry's thoughts about the naked trollops represent?

5. How does Henry define health that he equates with optimism?

6. What is it about Boris that Henry can never quite understand?

7. Why is Fillmore so late in inviting Henry to move in with him?

8. What does Henry know about Walter Pach?

9. What is the scene at the beginning of the novel and how does it set up the condition Henry is in while in Paris?

10. Why does Kruger evict Henry from his studio?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on whether you think Henry Miller accomplished what he set out to do with this novel. Refer back to passages in the book where he talks about what literature should be. Is he justified in writing honestly about the way men and women actually view their sexuality?

Essay Topic 2

In American lore, the idea of staying somewhere that George Washington once slept has a kind of romantic appeal. In the TROPIC OF CANCER, Van Norden's dumpy hotel is made appealing by the hint that Maupassant once lived there. Henry goes to see the room where Strindberg once stayed. Write an essay about a place you would like to visit because some person you admire once stayed or lived there.

Essay Topic 3

Do some research on Hinduism and write a paper on how Henry may have only looked at the religion superficially. Contrast the Hinduism practiced by the young Hindu lecturer and Nanantatee with the Hinduism as practiced by Gandhi.

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