A Scanner Darkly Test | Mid-Book 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. What drug do Barris, Arctor and Luckman take?

2. What state does Fabin live in?

3. Why does Arctor have to edit himself out of the tapes?

4. Who is Charles eating dinner with?

5. Why does Arctor take his two housemates away from the house?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Thelma become a reminder to the three men about how straights are their foes?

3. How does Arctor make sure his roommates are away from the house for the whole day?

4. Who does Arctor have to find at the end of the chapter?

5. What does Hank tell Fred he should do every few days?

6. Why did Arctor's roomates visit Donna at her shop?

7. What is a scramble suit?

8. What does Arctor accuse Barris of?

9. How do Arctor and his roommates become paranoid when they arrive home?

10. Why did Fred become an undercover narcotics agent?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dick wrote A SCANNER DARKLY in the 1970s, but set it in 1994. Do you think it is an accurate portrayal of the future? What happened in the 1970s that suggested the future would evolve in that way?

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of the following and examine how it affects the tone of the novel and helps to express characters and themes:

1) Setting

2) Point of view

3) Structure

4) Language

Essay Topic 3

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?

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