A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Test | Final 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. Where does Dave drop off Toph before his date with Sari?

2. What does Puck kidnap in this chapter?

3. What people does Dave's magazine aim for?

4. Which of the following words best describes Dave's magazine?

5. Who takes Dave to the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Dave's situation changing in Chapter 8?

2. In what way is Toph still a big part of Dave's life?

3. How does Dave deal with John in Chapter 7?

4. What problems does Toph cause Dave in Chapter 9?

5. How does the Real Show eventually help Dave to promote the Might magazine?

6. What happens to John in this chapter?

7. Why do more people agree to to the magazines nude photo shoot in Chapter 7?

8. Why does the landlord's wife not want Dave to move in?

9. Why are the cast members of the Real World not so welcome at the photo shoot in Chapter 7?

10. What happens to Shalini in Chapter 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Eggers' writing style. How would you describe his prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? Does he use any specific writing techniques? What meaning does Eggers' style give to his story?

Essay Topic 2

Eggers uses fantasy elements in his memoir.

1) Why does Eggers uses fantasy elements in a non-fiction book?

2) When does he use fantasy elements, and why?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the role of an editor.

1) What is the role of a editor? What different kinds of editors are there?

2) How much say does an editor has with what goes into a publication?

3) In what way does Dave have the right characteristics to succeed as an editor?

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