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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 is the main thing worrying Henry about his writing?

2. Where is Marlowe about to go?

3. What is Nanantatee's stated profession?

4. What does Carl say makes him want to go to Arizona?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Henry go so often to the American Express office?

2. Why does Kruger evict Henry from his studio?

3. How does Henry describe Moldorf?

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

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

6. What do Henry's thoughts about the naked trollops represent?

7. Why does Henry stop writing?

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

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

10. When the blonde woman stays away too long and leaves Henry alone in her room, what does he do?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Re-read Chapters 14 and 15 about Henry's stay in Dijon as a visiting professor. Then write an essay about fear. Mention in your essay such things as being in a strange place, being separated from friends and relatives, and feeling helpless to get out of a bad situation.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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