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. Who is Bennie's assistant?

2. What is the name of the pianist Bennie embarrassed onstage by using the wrong word to describe her?

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

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

5. Where does the girlfriend attend school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is Rhea's explanation of San Francisco in 1979?

9. What event occurs in the bathroom of the Lassimo Hotel?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Charlie had a lot of issues with Lou in her youth. There were some flashbacks about Charlie's childhood including suffering through her father's marriages. Write an essay explaining Charlie's point of view regarding her childhood. What happened to Charlie? How did she act out? How did the experience change Charlie? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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