An American Tragedy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 110 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

An American Tragedy 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. How much do the pills that Clyde buys cost?

2. Who does Clyde's mother say is back in town?

3. Why has Roberta come to the lake?

4. Who does Clyde become infatuated with at the Griffith's party?

5. For how money does Rubenstein try to sell the fur jacket?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does the final chapter replay the opening chapter?

2. Why does Clyde accept McMillan's company?

3. How does hotel life contradict what Clyde has previously been taught by his family?

4. Describe the Griffith family.

5. How does Dreiser use the crime to show the American class structure?

6. Describe Roberta and Clyde's day out in chapter 18, book 2.

7. In what way are Clyde's faults exposed in chapter 9, book two?

8. Why does Mason ask for a special session of the grand jury?

9. How does Clyde react to the news Roberta is pregnant?

10. What are Clyde's main worries?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel depicts the class system in America in the twenties.

1) How and why was life changing for the working classes in twenties America? How difficult was it for a member of the working classes to make an impact on society?

2) What were the role of the upper classes in twenties America? How much control did they have?

3) Do you think there is still a recognizable class system in America? In what ways has it changed?

Essay Topic 2

Both Clyde and Roberta are restricted by their moral upbringings. Using two examples from the book discuss how their upbringings affect their decisions in the book. Do you think their moral upbringings were more destructive than helpful?

Essay Topic 3

The book ends with Clyde being executed. What are your views on capital punishment? Why do you think society has become less tolerant of capital punishment?

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