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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 the narrator goes on a first date with Louise, who is he or she supposed to spend the night with?

2. Which of the following is most comparable to Jacqueline?

3. What does Louise ask the narrator when telling him or her about Elgin?

4. Why does the narrator tell so many women that he or she loves them?

5. Which lover brought out the best in the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why isn't the narrator interested in Gail sexually?

2. Why did the narrator choose to stay with Jacqueline for a short while?

3. Describe the relationship between Louise and Elgin.

4. How does the narrator look back at affairs?

5. What foreshadowing is present in this story?

6. When the narrator leaves Louise, who do you think is happiest?

7. How does Louise prove deep love for the narrator?

8. What part does irony play in the novel?

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

10. How does the narrator grieve in the countryside?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does irony play in this novel? Consider Jacqueline's heart break when the narrator reveals to her that he or she has been having an affair with Louise. Why is this ironic? Why is this important to note?

Essay Topic 2

Is the narrator simply using Jacqueline, or does he or she feel genuine affection for her? Why do you think this is so? Why does the narrator stay with Jacqueline? What does this tell the reader about the narrator?

Essay Topic 3

How does suspicion and mistrust become a theme in the novel? Describe an instance in the novel, and explain why this is significant.

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