A Scanner Darkly 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. Who does Luckman say a impersonator impersonated?

2. What does Donna like to steal from shipping trucks?

3. What do the two men tell Fred are competing with each other in his brain?

4. Who does the caller say he will report Arctor to?

5. What does Donna do with the stamps?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Donna make up with Arctor?

2. What is the Game?

3. What advice does Mike give Bruce?

4. What does Arctor tell Luckman he saw when he drove by the Maylar Microdot Corporation Building?

5. Why is Fred going to be paid less in his next month's salary?

6. What does Freck hallucinate?

7. What is the story of Faust?

8. What does Fred think about Arctor in Chapter 12?

9. Why is Arctor called Bruce in this chapter?

10. How is Arctor's car radio different from Barris' car radio?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Dick was a drug addict and it is said that A SCANNER DARKLY is semi-autobiographical, adhering to the rule that writers should write about what they know. Do you think it is obvious that Dick knows his subject? What difference do you think it makes to the story? Are there any moments where you think Dick does not portray a character or setting so well? What effect does it have on the story?

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