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 does Charles say Donna would have sex in exchange for?

2. What kind of drug does Arctor ask Donna for?

3. What does Arctor mix the Solarcaine with?

4. What does Barris say he has rigged under the couch?

5. What does Fabin use to collect the bugs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does an anonymous caller say he is suspicious of Arctor?

2. How does Jerry try to get rid of the aphids?

3. Why does Arctor think someone may have tampered with his car?

4. Why does Barris not trust Arctor?

5. What does Arctor accuse Barris of?

6. What problems does Arctor have with his car on the way home?

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

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

9. How does Barris make cocaine from the Solarcaine?

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

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

Discuss Dick's life. In what way do you think his life and personality are reflected in the book? In what ways is he like or unlike the main character?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the characters in the book and compare him/her to their character in the film A SCANNER DARKLY. What similarities does the character in the film share with its counterpart in the novel? How do the filmmakers update the character for a more modern audience? Why are these changes necessary?

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