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. For what reason does Anne begin taking "dolls"?

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

3. Where did Helen Lawson live before her 5-year break from Broadway?

4. Who is the actress who is rivaling Helen Lawson on stage?

5. In what restaurant do Mel and Neely have lunch at the end of Neely, February, 1946?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

5. Why won't Anne go to Mr. Bellamy on behalf of her friend Neely?

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

7. Describe Helen's character.

8. Why does Lyon leave?

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

10. Describe exactly what Anne's job will be at Bellamy and Bellows.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Anne Welles chose to leave Lawrenceville, Massachusetts to escape a life she felt was oppressive. In your opinion, did she find any more freedom in New York? Explain your answer using evidence from the text for support.

Essay Topic 2

With which main character from the book (Anne, Jennifer, or Neely) do you feel you relate most? Why do you relate best with this character? Use examples from your life and compare them with the actions of your chosen character to explain the similarities.

Essay Topic 3

Valley of the Dolls is told in a unique way. Each chapter tells someone else's view of what is going on in life during the novel. The setting and narrator often shift. Would you consider this novel to be third person limited or omniscient? Explain your answer and use evidence from the text for support.

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