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 book is the phrase through a mirror darkly from?

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

3. What is the name of the game the staff teaches the New-Path residents?

4. What does the woman think Fred's name is?

5. What does Barris want to record on his tape recorder?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Fred see on the holoscan when he watches himself having sex with Connie?

5. What do Arctor and his roommates say about Donna?

6. What is the difference between Arctor as an informant and Barris as an informant?

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

8. What does Fred see Barris doing with mushrooms?

9. Why does Donna claim she does not have sex with anyone?

10. What is the story of Faust?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Examine Dick's writing style. How would you describe Dick's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? Does he use any specific writing techniques? What meaning does Dick's style give to the story?

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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