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. What deformity does Henry have in his fantasy at the cinema?

2. What does Henry buy with the money he takes from Peckover?

3. Why can Henry not go to the cinema or into the opium joint?

4. Sleeping on a mattress in the hall, what is Henry's troubled dream?

5. What does Marlowe want Henry and Carl to do during his absence?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Henry like eating with the Cronstadts the best?

2. Describe the nature of the job Henry accepts in Dijon.

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

4. Why does Henry stop writing?

5. How do both Fillmore and Henry appear to be gullible?

6. In what state does Henry find Fillmore when he returns to Paris?

7. What is Fillmore's reason for being so considerate of Henry?

8. What does Henry know about Walter Pach?

9. Does Henry see everything that flows in the same way it was seen by Milton?

10. What is it about Van Norden that puzzles Henry?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In American lore, the idea of staying somewhere that George Washington once slept has a kind of romantic appeal. In the TROPIC OF CANCER, Van Norden's dumpy hotel is made appealing by the hint that Maupassant once lived there. Henry goes to see the room where Strindberg once stayed. Write an essay about a place you would like to visit because some person you admire once stayed or lived there.

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