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 are Anne and Lyon in New Haven, Connecticut?

2. Where does Jennifer want to take Tony Polar to get married?

3. In what season does Anne arrive in New York?

4. Which best describes why Mel doesn't want to follow Neely to Hollywood?

5. What is the name of the Broadway show that is meant to re-launch Helen Lawson's career?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Jennifer's relationship with Maria.

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

5. Describe Helen's character.

6. Why is every girl in the office and in New York in love with Lyon Burke and how does Anne react to this news?

7. What does Miriam do to try break up Jennifer and Tony's marriage?

8. How does Anne react when Allen proposes to her and asks her to leave Bellamy and Bellows?

9. How does Neely feel about Helen Lawson?

10. Why is Mel so concerned that he will not be taken seriously in Hollywood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast two characters from the book. Be sure to take into consideration the characters' actions, personalities, and more when comparing and contrasting. Use a graphic organizer to help organize your thoughts. Use evidence from the text to support your assertions.

Essay Topic 2

In Valley of the Dolls, there is a huge emphasis put on finding a husband. Everyone but Anne seems obsessed with this idea. Is there still a huge emphasis placed on women to find husbands? If not, why do you believe this has changed? Use evidence from society and modern-day examples to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the novel, Anne says, "She knew now there would always be a Neely, or a Margie... but each time it would hurt less, and afterward she would love Lyon less, until one day there would be nothing left-no hurt, and no love." Analyze this quote. What does Anne mean when she states it? Do you agree or disagree with this new outlook on life. Support your answer with evidence form the text.

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