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. What is the occupation of Jennifer's new man?

2. Why was Anne's first visit to Neely's hospital a disaster shortly after Neely was admitted in 1961?

3. How did Lyon get the money to buy out Henry and become an owner of Bellamy, Bellows and Burke?

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

5. Why does Winston Adams say it feels as if he knows Anne?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Lyon eventually decide to drop Neely from the firm?

4. What do Neely's comments about Lyon spending time with other women tell the reader about her character?

5. How does Lyon react when he finds out Jennifer Burke has been born?

6. Why does Neely not want to continue the tour?

7. Describe Jennifer and Claude's relationship.

8. Why does Jennifer go to Switzerland?

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

10. Why did the studio blackball Ted's new girlfriend?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A tragic hero is a literary character who allows his or her own personality characteristics to get in the way of success and lead to his or her ultimate failure. Choose one character from Valley of The Dolls who you believe is a tragic hero. Why do you believe this character is a tragic hero? What are this person's personality characteristics that lead to his or her downfall or ultimate failure? Use evidence from the text to support 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

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.

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