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. Why can't Elgin practice traditional medicine?

2. Which best describes the narrator's reliability?

3. What type of people was Frank raised by?

4. Which of the following is Louise's goal?

5. What is most significant about the narrator?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Bathsheba's lasting effect on the narrator?

2. What is Elgin's reaction to Louise having an affair?

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

4. How does the narrator look back at affairs?

5. What part does irony play in the novel?

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

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

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

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

10. What is Jacqueline's reaction to finding out about the narrator's affair with Louise?

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

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

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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