Seize the Day Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Seize the Day 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. Who said the following: "Oh, Father, it's nice of you to give me this medical advice, but steam isn't going to cure what ails me."?

2. What is Wilhelm's main reason for moving to Hollywood?

3. At the beginning of Chapter 3, which character leaves the room first?

4. What does Wilhelm's father still call him?

5. Why was Dr. Adler a success?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 3, Wilhelm talks about his apartment in Roxbury. What appealed to him about this apartment?

2. Describe Wilhelm's appearance.

3. What is the main reason that Wilhelm begins to cry at the funeral in Chapter 7? Why does he continue?

4. In the beginning of Chapter 6, Tamkin shares the story of his own father. What is it?

5. In Chapter 6, Tamkin also shares the story of his wife. What became of her?

6. What is the importance of this quote in relation to Wilhelm: "Someone had said, and Wilhelm agreed with the saying, that in Los Angeles, all the loose objects in the country were collected, as if America had been tilted and everything that wasn't tightly screwed down had slid into Southern California."?

7. Tamkin and Wilhelm are equal partners, but Tamkin invested less than Wilhelm. What does Wilhelm think about how Tamkin might use this to his advantage?

8. At the beginning of Chapter 4, Wilhelm yells to himself, "Ass! Idiot! Wild boar! Dumb mule! Slave! Lousy, wallowing hippopotamus!" Which character is he talking about? How do you know that?

9. Why does Dr. Adler say he won't give Catherine any money for her art?

10. What are Tamkin's "here-and-now" mental exercises and what is their purpose?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The relationship between Dr. Adler and Wilhelm is very complex and volatile.

Part 1) Do you think their relationship changes from the beginning of the book to the end? Why or why not?

Part 2) Wilhelm constantly questions his love for his father. Do you think there is love in this relationship? Why do you think that?

Part 3) Does Wilhelm's relationship with his father help us to better understand Wilhelm's character? Why or why not? Cite specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Alienation is a motif we see most readily in Wilhelm. He has alienated himself from family, friends, and the world in general.

Part 1) Are there other characters in the book who are also alienated? Which ones? Why would you categorize them as alienated?

Part 2) How does Tamkin take advantage of alienation to serve his own purpose with Wilhelm? Cite specific examples from the text.

Part 3) Would you consider Tamkin to also be alienated? Why or why not? How does this impact the other characters in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Family plays a significant role throughout the book, particularly the strained relationship between Wilhelm and his father, Dr. Adler. Choose one of the following options to write about:

1) Why is the relationship between Wilhelm and his father strained? What events help define for us the nature of their relationship? Does their relationship change by the end of the book? Why or why not?

2) Minor characters in Wilhelm's family also play a significant role. How do the characters of Catherine, Margaret, and Wilhelm's sons help to define Wilhelm as a character? What do they help us to understand about the story?

3) Compare and contrast Dr. Adler and Wilhelm. How are they the same? How are they different?

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