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. At the Villa Borghese, what is the Englishman doing upstairs?

2. Who does Henry believe is undermining him during the last days in Villa Borghese?

3. What does Nanantatee's friend, Kelpi, do when Nanantatee is not at home?

4. Where is Henry staying as the novel opens?

5. What is Henry's metaphor for his artistic suffering?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Henry contrast a merry-go-round and the Germans?

2. How does Henry describe the relationship between him, Boris, and Elsa?

3. How does Henry get away from Serge?

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

5. What does Serge promise in lieu of a big Russian meal each day?

6. Describe Henry's friends in Paris.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Henry cannot show Mona the Paris he is so enamored of because his love of the city is all bound up in his suffering. Write an essay about the difference in visiting a place as a tourist and really knowing the place from having lived there.

Essay Topic 2

Miller addresses the idea of the artist suffering for his or her art. Do some research and and compare Henry's suffering with some other writers and artists who went through difficult times in order to produce masterpieces. You might want to include such people as Edgar Allen Poe, James Fenimore Cooper, Michelangelo, or Edith Piaf in your essay.

Essay Topic 3

Henry briefly experiences the Bohemian lifestyle. Write a paper about communal living that was popular in America during the 1960s and early 1970s, often called the Hippie generation lifestyle. Discuss whether you think such an arrangement ever really works.

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