Written on the Body 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 narrator scared will happen if he or she reveals his or her true feelings to Louise?

2. What do vague elements in the story allow the reader to focus on?

3. Who was Jacqueline married to?

4. According to the narrator, what is commitment?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance behind not knowing the name and gender of the narrator?

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

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

4. Why does Louise refuse the narrator's affection?

5. What is the narrator's initial impression of Louise?

6. Describe the relationship between Louise and Elgin.

7. What has caused a rift between Louise and Elgin?

8. What is Louise's effect on the narrator?

9. Describe Jacqueline.

10. How does the narrator want Louise to treat their relationship?

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 a reliable storyteller? Why or why not? What pushes you to believe the narrator has a reason to be unreliable?

Essay Topic 3

What are the goals of each of the main characters: Louise, Elgin, the narrator? Does each character achieve their goals? Why or why not?

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