The World According to Garp 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 is the name of the college Jenny drops out of?

2. How does Duncan get to his friend's house?

3. Where do the initials "T.S" (in T.S. Garp's name) come from?

4. How does Jenny Garp handle her alcohol?

5. Who does Garp have his first extra-marital affair with?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Garp and Cushie respond when they hear Fat Stew bellowing for Cushie's return?

2. What does Garp's bedtime story to Walt symbolize?

3. What does Garp say about his own death while at John Wolf's house with Helen?

4. Why is Jenny so interested in speaking with the prostitutes?

5. Why won't Helen read _The World According to Bensenhaver_?

6. What does Jenny's attack on the man in the movie theater show the reader about her character?

7. What does the name of the chapter entitled _In the City Where Marcus Aurelius Died_ refer to?

8. Why is Jenny transferred out of the obstetrics ward?

9. What is the Under Toad?

10. Why does Jenny take so many classes at Steering?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast two major female characters within _The World According to Garp_. What are their differences? What are their similarities? Make sure to use multiple citations from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Irving gives multiple characters various problems with speech. Choose three characters from the book and discuss 1) what their speech impediment is, 2) what the cause behind the speech impediment is, and 3) how Irving uses that character's impediment to advance the novel or make a statement about that person's character.

Essay Topic 3

Although _The World According to Garp_ has many unusual plot developments, many, if not most, of them are foreshadowed. Give three examples, using specific citations from the text, where a major event is foreshadowed in the novel.

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