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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 the child taping in chapter one?
2. What does the woman do for a living?
3. What does Marian like to hear stories about?
4. In which state is Phoenix?
5. What does Brian want to talk about instead of baseball?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Marian react to Nick's fling with Donna?
2. Why does Nick have his mother's surname instead of his father's?
3. How did Bobby Thompson's home run affect people?
4. Why is Nick upset with Marian before he leaves for work?
5. How do Matt and Nick's views on their father differ?
6. How did Nick's son change after the LA riots?
7. Why does Nick think his mother should move to Phoenix?
8. What do people in Phoenix think about Nick's roots?
9. What did Marian always want Nick to talk about?
10. Who was the Texas Highway Killer?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What is Klara's character at the beginning of the novel? How does her character change through the novel? How does the author express this change? What events have the biggest impact on Klara's life and why?
Essay Topic 2
In what way is Nick typical of New York? How has being from New York shaped his character?
Essay Topic 3
Examine the author's writing style. How would you describe the author's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? What meaning does the author's style give to the story?
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