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 historical information does the photographer give to Henry?

2. What is his idea about his book?

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

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

5. What is Van Norden's objection to French girls?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Henry see flow of the word about him?

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Henry stop writing?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Henry quotes Emerson as saying that life consists of what one thinks. Write an essay explaining how you interpret Emerson's statement. Use examples you know of personally or have read about where people achieved because of their focus on certain goals.

Essay Topic 2

Miller correctly identifies many people's obsession with royalty in Chapter 12 when he writes about Macha, the presumed Russian princess. Write a paper expressing your opinion about how you see the status of royalty today. You might want to include a reference to the late Princess Diana of England in your comments.

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper on whether you think Henry Miller accomplished what he set out to do with this novel. Refer back to passages in the book where he talks about what literature should be. Is he justified in writing honestly about the way men and women actually view their sexuality?

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