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. Sasha compares the wallet to which fruit?

2. Which is not on the list of Sasha's stolen items?

3. What is the name of Scotty's fishing partner?

4. What is the name of Sasha's date?

5. Where does the girlfriend attend school?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sasha react to the woman's pleas? What happens next?

2. Discuss the gig at the Mab. Who is present? How does the gig turn out?

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

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

5. What is the purpose of the visit to Lou's house?

6. 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?

7. How does the group's friendship - and the band - end?

8. What does Jocelyn say about her past?

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

10. What is Bennie's opinion of the current state of the music business?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 your own story based on at least two characters in "A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan. Use Sasha or Bennie as the lead character. Supply complete storyboards. Include character information, plot, synopsis, etc. Explain your inspiration.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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