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. Who gives Henry the money he has upon returning from Le Havre?

2. What does Macha do immediately when she sees that two men live at Fillmore's place?

3. Who used to call Henry a great human being?

4. Why does Van Norden not want to go to the Dome?

5. What finally gets the Russian princess out of Fillmore's apartment?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the one thing that makes Van Norden's dump of a hotel acceptable?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Kruger evict Henry from his studio?

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

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

10. Why is Fillmore so late in inviting Henry to move in with him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using the young Hindu cleric and the escapade in the Eglise Ste.-Clotilde, write a paper expressing how you see Miller's opinion of religion. Do you notice any inconsistency in how Miller treats religion?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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