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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. According to the narrator, why do married women have affairs?

2. What does Elgin ask Louise after he learns the truth?

3. What is Elgin worried about after he learns the truth?

4. Which of the following is a theme in the novel?

5. What can the reader tell about the narrator's feelings about Jacqueline?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why can't Elgin work directly with patients?

2. How does the narrator feel about marriage with Louise?

3. Do you think that Jacqueline's character will play a larger role in the novel? Why or why not?

4. After Jacqueline attacks Louise, what prediction can the reader make for the way the relationship will progress between the narrator and Louise?

5. Does it make sense for Jacqueline to attack Louise? Is it consistent with her character?

6. According to the narrator, why wouldn't Jacqueline appreciate an affair?

7. By the end of the narrator's relationship with Jacqueline, does he or she still believe that marriage is the end of passion?

8. Why is Louise still with Elgin despite his quirks?

9. Describe Inge.

10. What foreshadowing is present in this story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose three characters to analyze in terms of their perceptions of humanity. How do these three characters perceive the nature of humanity? Do they have generally positive or negative outlooks? How do you know?

Essay Topic 2

Consider the relationship between Louise and Elgin. Why is it important to note the status of their relationship? What type of relationship do they have? Does this justify Louise's affair with the narrator?

Essay Topic 3

How is choice a theme in the novel? Which characters make important choices? What are the effects of these choices? How does the theme of choice affect the tone of the novel?

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