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. What is Henry's opinion about the war games that take place at the barracks next to Fillmore's place?

2. What does Henry say Van Norden tracks down like a sleuth?

3. Why could Henry never show Mona the Paris he loves?

4. What is Henry's behavior just before he leaves the blonde woman's room?

5. How does the blond woman react to Henry's offer of fifty francs?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Henry think about the English girl who stops him in the rain to ask for the time?

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

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

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

5. Give a brief description of Van Norden.

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

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

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

9. Why does Kruger evict Henry from his studio?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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