Unit 1 The Graduate
Unit 2 Kramer vs. Kramer
Unit 3 Splendor in the Grass
Unit 4 Central Park
Unit 5 Dead Poets Society
Unit 6 Philadelphia
Unit 7 The Shawshank Redemption
Unit 8 American Beauty
Project Information Interview
Unit 9 Jungle Fever
Unit 10 Casablanca
Unit 11 Top Talk(An Interview with Kofi Annan)
Unit 12 Scent of a Woman
Unit 13 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Unit 14 An Oprah Winfrey show
Unit 15 The Hours
Unit 16 Chicago
Appendix Assessment of the Course
9. How do Ben's parents plan for his future? Do they get suspicious of his behavior?
They want him to go to a good graduate school. His father thinks Ben is just relaxing and drifting around after a long time of hard study. He is a bit angry and disappointed with Ben when Ben shows no intention to consider preparing for his further education, but he never suspects anything about his affair with anyone. Ben's mother suspects that Ben may get involved with some girl, but she is also far away from the truth.
10. How would you describe the relationship between Ben and Mrs. Robinson? Why does Ben insist on starting a conversation with her while they are together in the hotel room for the second time?
Answers to this question may vary. A possible answer can be like this: Their relationship is nothing more than a sexual affair, for they never understand each other and they do not have anything in common. Both of them take the affair as their emotional outlet and a way to escape difficulties and frustration in life. Ben wants to start a conversation because what he wants is not only an affair but a kind of intimate relationship based on mutual understanding.
11. What does Mrs. Robinson say about her marriage?
She says she doesn't love Mr. Robinson at all. They get married because she gets pregnant at that time. She doesn't feel happy after marriage and they have not slept together for five years. Now both of them are heavy drinkers.
12. What promise does Ben make to Mrs. Robinson? Does he promise her willingly? Why?
Ben promises he will not take Elaine out. He is not quite willing to make such a promise because he finds that Mrs. Robinson does not think he is good enough for her daughter. That hurts Ben and makes him reflect on their affair, and he feels sick of it.