Valley of the Dolls Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. To whom does Neely lose her virginity?

2. What office co-worker does Anne turn down for a lunch date?

3. What does Neely do when Jennifer tells her she is pregnant?

4. Who does Anne live with in Massachusetts?

5. Why does Miriam yell at Tony loudly about him sleeping with other women?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kevin Gilmore want Anne to be the Gillian girl?

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

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

4. Why is Neely so impressed to have a "living room with a white rug"?

5. Why does Neely return from Hollywood after only three weeks of shooting?

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

7. How does Lyon find out that Anne lent him the money in secret?

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

9. Why does Anne say that from now on, she could never be hurt badly?

10. Why do Kevin, Anne, and Neely go upstate to the sanitarium.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The author Jacqueline Susann was a well-known actress who left her hometown of Philadelphia when she was 18 for New York City. She was often cited on best-dressed lists and starred on television, but became most famous for her novels. Do you think Susann took her own experiences into account when writing this novel? Do any of the characters stem from Susann herself or do you see Susann represented in multiple characters? Explain your answer.

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

What do you believe the theme of the novel is? Remember, a theme starts out as a universal idea that anyone can relate to and then is narrowed down to the novel specifically. Describe the theme and defend your answer with examples from the text.

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