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. How does Jennifer convince Tony to marry her?

2. What does Jennifer decide to do with hers and Tony's baby?

3. What does Neely's instructor want her to do with her clothes?

4. Who is the critic who liked Lyon's book?

5. How much money is Mel offered with his new job?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you believe Miriam is upset upon hearing that Jen is pregnant?

2. Why does Miriam come to NYC to see Jen?

3. Why does Lyon say that he cannot marry Anne?

4. 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?

5. Why does Lyon leave?

6. What does Anne say about not marrying Lyon Burke and being changed when Henry asks her about it at lunch?

7. Why is Jennifer so smitten with Senator Winston Adams?

8. How does Anne's family react to the news that she is moving to New York City?

9. Why did the studio blackball Ted's new girlfriend?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the characters of Jennifer and Neely. How are they similar and how are they different? What are the conflicts in their lives that define them and their relationships? How do their character traits and conflicts affect their relationship with Anne? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of dialogue in the story. Do you believe the use of dialogue moves the story forward or is it stilted? Would the story have been better told in a narrative form rather than using dialogue? Explain and defend your stance.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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