A Visit from the Goon Squad Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jennifer Egan
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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. With whom did Jocelyn have her first kiss?

2. How many children does Lou have?

3. Where does Sasha meet her date?

4. What will the young warrior study in college?

5. What is the name of Lou's girlfriend?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lou react when he sees Rhea and Jocelyn? How has the atmosphere changed?

2. Explain the gold cure. What is Bennie's explanation to his son?

3. How does Lou explain women to young Rolph?

4. How does Mindy relate her theories to Charlie and Rolph?

5. What is the status of the group of kids? What are their relationships with each other?

6. What is Scotty's opinion about computer technology?

7. How does the woman with the stolen wallet react upon learning that her wallet is gone?

8. Explain Mindy's studies and her observations about Cora.

9. Explain some of Charlie's behaviors during the early part of the safari that shows her displeasure with her father.

10. What happens during and after the gig at the Mab?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Assuming a psychiatrist's point of view, analyze the situation with Sasha. Discuss Sasha's past history in regards to psychiatric care. What would a psychiatrist say about Sasha's need to steal? Was Sasha mentally ill or did something else cause her to act out? What would the terminology be from a psychiatrist's point of view? What kind of treatment might Sasha have benefited from before the situation got out of hand? Is the behavior something that can be "cured?" If so, how? If not, what else can be done?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the relationship between Bennie and Scotty. What is the common ground for friendship? How do their professional lives often interfere with their personal relationship? How does one know when a boundary has been crossed? Do the friends respect each other? How has their relationship changed/evolved over the past twenty years? Where might it go from here? Do you think the relationship will ever change drastically?

Essay Topic 3

The characters used in the story still have a lot left that can be explored. Write a detailed synopsis of a sequel to "A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan.

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