Valley of the Dolls Test | Final 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 does Neely think she is going to the psychiatric hospital?

2. How old is Jennifer going to be when she is discussing her new love?

3. Why does Jennifer think no one loves her for more than her face or body?

4. What is Henry's advice to Anne when he and Anne discuss Lyon's marital indiscretions?

5. Why does Neely close her eyes as she performs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kevin secretly blame everything on Neely?

2. Why is Neely so nervous to do Kevin's show?

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

4. Why does Kevin Gillmore finally ask Anne to marry him?

5. Why does Anne say that Jennifer will always be in debt? Why is Jennifer really in debt?

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

7. What does Ted do after he and Neely fight when Neely finds him with another girl?

8. How does Henry take the news that Anne will be leaving him to become the Gillian girl?

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

10. Why do Anne and Kevin not marry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

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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