Tropic of Cancer Test | Final 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 Henry make the decision to go to the blonde woman's apartment?

2. Why is Fillmore so taken with Macha?

3. What does Henry realize the moment he gets off the train in Dijon?

4. What does Henry say is the worst writing job he undertook?

5. What does Fillmore leave for Henry every morning after he moves in?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Henry think about the high born women of Paris?

2. Why does Henry think it is a sorry state to be human?

3. Where has Tania been and what does she want from Henry?

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

5. Give a brief description of Van Norden.

6. Describe the idea Henry and Carl get from Van Norden.

7. Describe Henry's feelings when he has placed himself on a budget.

8. Explain how Henry compares Paris to a whore.

9. Describe the scene when Yvette comes in drunk and half naked to Jimmie's bar.

10. How does Henry feel going to his room in the dark dormitory late at night?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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