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Seize the Day

Saul Bellow

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Study Questions and Suggested Essay Topics

Suggestions for Further Reading

Where is Tommy living when the book opens?

How old is Tommy Wilhelm?

Who does Tommy entrust with the last of his money?

From where did Tommy graduate college?

What does Dr. Adler call his son?

What does Tommy do with his cigarettes when he has finished smoking them?

What is Tommy's true name?

What is Dr. Adler's response when Tommy asks his father the year of his mother's death?

Why is Tommy in need of money?

Why is Tommy unable to marry Olive?

How does Tommy Feel about New York?

What does Tommy always drink in the morning?

What is Wilhelm's appearance like?

What does Wilhelm do after Mr. Perls leaves the table?

What does Tommy's father suggest that Tommy do?

Why does Philipa want to borrow money from Dr. Adler?

Who is Philipa?

Who is Scissors?

What dramatic action does Wilhelm commit at breakfast that angers his father?

What does Wilhelm do after he signs to power of attorney over to Dr. Tamkin?

What does Tommy think of Dr.Tamkin throughout the novel?

Who is the poem Dr. Tamkin wrote about?

What did Tommy's grandfather call him when he was younger?

What happens to Tommy at the market?

What does Wilhelm respond when Tamkin asks him if he loves his father?

Where does Tommy end up at the end of the novella?

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