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

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

3. What price is extracted from Henry for his meals at the Cronstadts?

4. Where has Henry taken the young Hindu for his sexual experience?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe Henry's friends in Paris.

6. What does Henry say about his escape from Serge?

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

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

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

10. How does Henry use sarcasm in describing Nanantatee's lavish apartment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of TROPIC OF CANCER deals with hunger. Miller makes it clear that hunger eclipses all other human drives. Write an essay on the broader theme of world hunger where people do not have Henry's ability to find food.

Essay Topic 2

A difficult time for Henry was when he was employed and had to, as he put it, kiss the boss's ass. Write a paper on the difficulty of being an employee and having to suppress your personal feelings and ideas because of a dictatorial boss.

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper discussing Henry Miller's attitude toward women. Do you think he is clearly a sexist? Are there moments when he appears to be of two minds about the value of women? Include his thoughts viewing the graffiti on the lavatory walls and the way he looks at Boris' treatment of Elsa.

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