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. Where is Marlowe about to go?

2. Why does Boris not introduce Henry to the American woman who comes to see the apartment?

3. What woman is Henry obsessed with?

4. What makes Henry feel ill when he opens the door of the commune?

5. If Emerson is correct in saying that life consists of what a man thinks, what is Henry at this point?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Henry know about Walter Pach?

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

8. What had Henry hoped for when he met Serge?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper about how the French surrealists influenced Miller's work. Use two or three of the surreal dreams or day dreams in the book to illustrate your point. How do some of those passages sound like an early encounter with the Twilight Zone.

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

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.

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