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 type of people was Frank raised by?

2. Whose belongings does Jacqueline destroy?

3. What does Louise refuse to accept from the narrator?

4. What does the violence in the novel represent?

5. According to the narrator, who would appreciate an affair?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What foreshadowing is present in this story?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why doesn't the narrator leave Jacqueline for Louise?

10. How does the narrator look back at affairs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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 are Elgin's intentions in sending Louise away? Why can the reader see the situation more clearly than the narrator can? Why is the narrator able to leave Louise?

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