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. About what does Serge want to learn?

2. Why is Henry always looking for a free meal?

3. What is Henry's paranoia at Sylvester's house?

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

5. What does the young Hindu do before leaving Paris?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Henry describe Moldorf?

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

4. Explain how Kelpi makes his living.

5. What does Henry know about Walter Pach?

6. Why does Henry leave the apartment when Boris sits down to eat?

7. How does Henry describe the book on which he is working?

8. In relating his experience with the young Hindu, what is Henry expressing about his own beliefs?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hustling and conning people are important themes of the novel. Using examples from the novel, discuss how it is human nature to be deceitful to get what you want or simply to survive. Discuss any personal experience you have had similar to the events Henry writes about.

Essay Topic 2

One of the more amusing antics in the novel is the letter writing campaign to find Carl a rich wife. Write an essay expressing your opinion about marrying for money versus marrying for love. Let your creativity flow, using humor to get your points across.

Essay Topic 3

Henry quotes Emerson as saying that life consists of what one thinks. Write an essay explaining how you interpret Emerson's statement. Use examples you know of personally or have read about where people achieved because of their focus on certain goals.

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