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 does Fillmore do when he arrives home from work in the evenings?

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

3. Describe the ridiculous method Fillmore has of getting women into his bedroom.

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

5. What do Henry and Fillmore do when the priest chases them outside?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Henry stop writing?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Henry start out to spend his last night in Paris before going to Dijon?

9. Explain how Henry compares Paris to a whore.

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

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

Much of TROPIC OF CANCER deals with hunger. Miller makes it clear that hunger eclipses all other human drives. Write an essay on the broader theme of world hunger where people do not have Henry's ability to find food.

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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