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. What was the name of the popular punk club?

2. Which was not a member of Bennie's childhood crowd?

3. People often speak to Bennie in which language?

4. Lou decides to take his son on a trip to participate in which sport?

5. How many children does Rhea have?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lou explain women to young Rolph?

2. What does Jocelyn say about her past?

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

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

5. Explain the scene at the Stop/Go house. What happens at the music session?

6. Who is Chronos? What does he do that nearly gets him killed?

7. What is Sasha's philosophy on stealing from others?

8. What is Scotty doing in the beginning of the chapter?

9. What happens as Jocelyn reflects on her past experiences with Lou and Rolph?

10. What does Rhea say about the group's band? Who are they?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses flashbacks as a way to give a background to many of the characters. Examine the use of flashback and your opinion on its effectiveness. Give at least three examples.

Essay Topic 2

Bennie eventually opens his own record label, Sow's Ear Records, in New York. Bennie's first big break comes with a band he signs. The Conduits go multi-platinum and Bennie's career takes off. Examine the rise and fall of Sow's Ear Records. What does it take to start a record company? How did the industry change from the time Bennie started the business until the time he was fired? How did Bennie return to his roots?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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