Valley of the Dolls Test | Mid-Book 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 doesn't Lyon want to marry Anne, work on his book, and let her support him.

2. Who is Anne's boyfriend by October?

3. Why does Neely show up at Anne's office crying?

4. Who was Anne supposed to marry back in her hometown?

5. What is Neely's main complaint about Mel's hotel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jennifer go to Lawrenceville with Anne?

2. Anne and Lyon begin dating and make love for the first time in New Haven, Connecticut. Lyon says that it is okay if this is only for New Haven and Anne does not understand what he means by this. What does Lyon mean by this comment? Why is this something that Anne would not agree with?

3. What are the reasons that Jennifer is unhappy in California? (There should be at least three.)

4. Describe Helen's character.

5. Why is Neely so impressed by the fact that Mel is in love with her?

6. When Anne first met Allen, what did she think that he did for a living? What does he actually do for a living and why did he hide his profession from Anne?

7. Why doesn't Anne know anything about the New York social scene?

8. How does Neely feel about Helen Lawson?

9. Why does Jennifer want to go to France and make nude films?

10. Why does Miriam hire a private eye to track Jennifer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Helen Lawson is a kind of archetype in this novel. She is who all aspiring actresses wanted to be, but her life was not all fun and games. Explain the problems that Helen encountered in her life and how they held her back or affected who she was as a person. Use specific examples from the text in your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the character of Neely. Why does she do the things she does and what has happened in her life to make her this way? Do you believe that Lyon's statement that she will self-destruct is true? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the two major settings of the book (New York and Hollywood). How are they similar and how are they different? Did either of these settings change the character who lived there? If so, explain how.

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