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. Who does Anne live with in Massachusetts?

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

3. How old is Jennifer North?

4. Why do Anne and Helen have a falling out in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?

5. Who does Helen Lawson start dating as a result of her friendship with Anne?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Anne want to sell all of her parents' belongings?

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

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

5. Why does Jennifer hide her true identity, lie about her age, and change her name?

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. Anne asks her mother if she ever really loved Anne's father. What makes Anne ask this question?

10. Why does Helen Lawson allow Neely to take Terry King's place in the musical?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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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