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. Why is Fillmore so taken with Macha?

2. Why had Henry always tolerated Boris?

3. What does Henry see as the only faults of Swift's mistress and model?

4. What does Henry have to learn to do in his new job?

5. What does Henry say he knows about in the same way he knows about slaughterhouses and morgues?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the story that Collins tells Henry to lift his spirits?

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

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

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

6. Why does Henry stop writing?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper about how the French surrealists influenced Miller's work. Use two or three of the surreal dreams or day dreams in the book to illustrate your point. How do some of those passages sound like an early encounter with the Twilight Zone.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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