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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 does Freck want to make look like a fool?

2. Who does Arctor say is the people most unlikely to kill animals?

3. What drug does Solarcaine contain?

4. What is the name of the suit Fred is wearing?

5. What do the medical officers suggest Fred buy for Donna?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Charles plan to get Donna into bed?

2. What do Hank and Fred discuss at their meeting?

3. What does Fred say that is not part of his prepared text?

4. Describe Luckman's comedy routine?

5. What does Arctor ruminate about the relationship between dealers and narcotics agents?

6. What is a scramble suit?

7. Why does Barris not trust Arctor?

8. Why does Fred have to visit Room 203?

9. Why does Donna decline to go and see Jerry at the clinic?

10. How does Barris make cocaine from the Solarcaine?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Philip K. Dick greatly influenced modern literature and, in particular, science fiction. Choose a book written after the novel that you think was influenced by Dick and discuss there similarities in terms of

a) plot

b) character

c) themes

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Dick use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) 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 novel's themes?

3) Aside from the main character, examine the way Dick uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

1) What were the main concerns during the 1970s? How does Dick express these concerns?

2) In what ways do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's society?

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