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. Where is Bennie from?

2. How old are Jocelyn and Rhea?

3. What is the name of Rhea's oldest daughter?

4. Which of the following is not an item in Alex's wallet?

5. How many years have passed since the women have seen Lou?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Alex's impressions of Sasha's apartment?

2. How does Sasha explain her past to Rob?

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

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

5. What happens on the day of the concert?

6. What happens after the interview ends?

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

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

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

10. Give an example of the material included in the Power Point slide titled "In the Desert."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters, plots, settings, and outcomes of the stories woven into "A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan. How do the story lines differ? What is the conclusion of each story? Which lead character did you like better? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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