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. What is the name of the girl Bruce speaks to in the kitchen?

2. What does Arctor say he saw people searching for?

3. Why does Arctor want to kill Barris?

4. What is Mike's job at New-Path?

5. What language does Arctor use to recite the poetry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Donna's substitute for sexual relations?

2. Why does Arctor have sex with Connie?

3. Why is Arctor called Bruce in this chapter?

4. What does Fred's medical report about his current condition?

5. How does Donna make up with Arctor?

6. What does Barris tell Hank and Fred about Arctor's recent behavior?

7. What story does Bruce tell Thelma?

8. In what way can the reader see Connie as a pitiful character?

9. What artifacts does Freck decide to leave behind when he commits suicide?

10. What is the story of Faust?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Dick writes A SCANNER DARKLY in the third person. Why do you think Dick chose to write the story in the third person? How do you think the meaning of the story would have changed if Dick wrote it in the first person?

Essay Topic 3

Examine Dick's representations of the following areas and decide how close Dick's representations are to the real thing and how Dick makes his representations seem and feel real:

1) Drug addiction

2) Undercover police work

3) Drug dealing

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