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. How does Henry describe the poor people of Paris?

2. When Henry is writing about Claude, of whom is he really thinking?

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

4. What lucky find does Henry make in the cafe?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Henry know about Walter Pach?

3. Describe Henry's friends in Paris.

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

5. In an attempt to get money, what is Henry unable to do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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