While I Was Gone 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. When does Jo go to the police station?

2. What has cast doubt on Jo's credibility?

3. Jo feels that the only people who will believe Eli's version of the story are ______________________.

4. What consumes Jo's thoughts about Eli?

5. What does Jo feel after seeing Eli in the library?

Short Essay Questions

1. What holiday disaster had Daniel feared, and how did he avoid it?

2. What does Jo notice about Cass' physical appearance, and why is she concerned?

3. Why is Daniel both relieved and upset when Jo updates him on the police's unwillingness to investigate Eli?

4. Describe the setting in which Eli killed Dana.

5. Why is Jo almost pleased that Daniel threw the tomato at the wall next to her?

6. How does Jo respond when Daniel wants to know if she planned to have an affair with Eli?

7. What are Jo's reactions after she leaves the police station?

8. Why does Daniel not respond the way Jo thinks he should when she tells him about reporting Eli to the Cambridge police?

9. What assumptions does Jo make about the people in her life after the episode with Eli?

10. How has Eli rationalized his guilt over killing Dana?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the major settings for the novel. Why does Miller use those settings? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 3

Create a character study of Daniel. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Daniel?

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