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

2. Why can't Elgin practice traditional medicine?

3. Which of the following causes a rift between Elgin and his parents?

4. Which of the following best describes Bruno?

5. Who does Jacqueline lock out of her apartment?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator justify his or her relationship with Louise?

2. What part does irony play in the novel?

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

4. How does the narrator look back at affairs?

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

6. Describe how the narrator changes from before meeting Louise to after breaking up with Jacqueline. What does this say about the narrator?

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

8. According to the narrator, why would Louise appreciate having an affair?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the narrator's lovers, such as Inge, Bathsheba, Louise, and Jacqueline. Compare their qualities and characteristics. What do these things say about the narrator?

Essay Topic 2

How do the characters grow throughout the novel? Which character changes the most? Which character changes the least? How do you know?

Essay Topic 3

What is your favorite theme in the novel? Why? How is this theme represented? Sample themes include love with no boundaries, suspicion, and betrayal.

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