A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What TV show does Dave try to get onto in this chapter?

2. What kind of neighborhood does Dave say Lake Forest is?

3. Whose wedding did Dave attend only weeks before?

4. Who does Judd bring with him to the photo shoot?

5. Where does Toph have to go the night Dave has a date with Sari?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What similarities in style and tone does Dave's memoir share with Might magazine?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the book.

1) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's ideas?

2) Examine the way Eggers uses other people in the story to express his ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the fake obituaries Dave and his fellow editors run in the Might magazine.

1) What comment is the magazine trying to make by running fake obituaries?

2) Why do the fake obituaries backfire so badly?

3) How do the fake obituaries express the book's theme of death and how people react to it?

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