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 has written reviews for which magazine?

2. What will the young warrior study in college?

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

4. What disease killed Jocelyn's father?

5. What is the name of the newsstand the character uses?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. Explain the conversation between Sasha and Bennie on the way back to the city.

6. How does Lou explain women to young Rolph?

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

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

9. In the beginning of Chapter 2, Bennie meets with record executives. What is the topic of conversation?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Bosco is a cliché in the music industry. Explain Bosco's rise and fall in the music industry. Also examine what might happen to Bosco on his tour and if he will be able to make a comeback before he dies.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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