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 Germaine look to Henry in the clear light of day?

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

3. How long has Henry's wife, Mona, been gone from Paris?

4. What does Serge offer Henry in exchange for his services?

5. In spite of Marlowe's assurances, what do Carl and Henry know he will not do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Kruger evict Henry from his studio?

5. How does Henry see flow of the word about him?

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

7. What is it about Boris that Henry can never quite understand?

8. Explain how Kelpi makes his living.

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

10. Explain how Henry is helped from Kruger's studio.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper on the power of words and how Miller's use of street language makes his novel so powerful. When reading THE TROPIC OF CANCER, does the vocabulary sometimes make you uncomfortable? Do you think that is exactly the reaction Miller hoped for? Discuss the difference in reading such a novel for its literary merits rather than for satisfying prurient curiosity.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In the mid 1960's, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that TROPIC OF CANCER is literature and not pornography. After reading the book, write an essay on why you do or do not think it should have caused such a controversy.

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