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. What phrase does Neely say too often?

2. What holiday does Anne spend alone?

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

4. Why are Anne and Lyon in New Haven, Connecticut?

5. What did Tony suffer from as a child that let on to Miriam that he was sick?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the catalyst for Anne going to see Lyon again?

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

4. How does Neely react when she realizes that she missed her sons' birthday?

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

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

7. How does winning the Academy Award change Neely's life?

8. What is Zeke Whyte's role in Neely's life?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the two major settings of the book (New York and Hollywood). How are they similar and how are they different? Did either of these settings change the character who lived there? If so, explain how.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

There are multiple excuses given for Lyon and why he cheats. What reason do you give for Lyon's cheating? Is it really to help his company, is it because, at heart, he is a playboy, or is he doing it to get back at Anne for tricking him into buying the company? Explain your answer with reasoning and examples from the text.

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