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

Jennifer Egan
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Mid-Book 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. Where does Alice live?

2. What disease killed Jocelyn's father?

3. How many children does Rhea have?

4. How old was Sasha when her father left?

5. What tool did Sasha steal from the plumber?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the conflict of communication between Alex and Lulu.

2. What do Stephanie and Bennie do to fit in?

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

4. Where does Ted's interest lie while he is in Europe?

5. What has happened to Sasha since she has been gone?

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

7. Explain the scene in which Scotty visits Bennie's office.

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

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

10. Explain Bennie's thoughts about the girl band and how it triggers a memory of his youth. What is the song title that comes out of that memory?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The music business is one of the main themes in Jennifer Egan's "A Visit from the Goon Squad. Bennie is the first person to show real interest in the music business. While many high school kids are in bands and are absorbed by the music scene, Bennie Salazar seems to be interested in everything from the music itself to how it is recorded, produced and promoted. This interest leads Bennie into a life long career in the music business with all of its changes, ups and downs. Examine Bennie's career in the music business including the stint with the Flaming Dildos, work at Revolver Records and his involvement with Lou Kline.

Essay Topic 2

Write a complete character description of Bennie Salazar. Include the character's physical, emotional, mental and spiritual state at various times in the book. Include Bennie's personal and professional information as well as the character's role in the story. What makes Bennie a compelling character? How could the character be improved?

Essay Topic 3

The last chapter of the book explains great leaps in technology and how they are used in the business world as well as in people's lives. Explain the new and advanced technologies. Give your opinion on the importance and use of each.

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