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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Van act toward Ada in Chapter 32?
(a) Jealous.
(b) Apathetic.
(c) Repelled.
(d) Overly affectionate.

2. Who walks in on Ada and Van making love?
(a) Marina.
(b) Blanche.
(c) Lucette.
(d) Dan.

3. What board game is "Flavita" a Russian version of?
(a) Sorry.
(b) Monopoly.
(c) Scrabble.
(d) Risk.

4. What activity does Marina do out on the lawn?
(a) Has her hair styled.
(b) Sorts her library books.
(c) Tries on and chooses new shoes.
(d) Cooks breakfast.

5. What was Van wearing the first time she glimpsed him, before they met?
(a) A white sailor suit and blue cap.
(b) A black formal suit, hat, and gloves.
(c) A gray shirt and shorts.
(d) A bathing suit and green towel.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Demon sees Ada, what about her appearance can he not bear?

2. Where do Ada and Van go, where Van compares Ada's body to the girlish body of the past?

3. What structure catches fire and wakes nearly everyone in the house?

4. Where is Van and Ada's first sexual encounter?

5. What gift does Dan give Ada for her birthday?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Van respond to Ada's arrival?

2. How does Lucette want to draw flowers, when her sister is trying to teach her to draw?

3. What does Van say is as common in dreams as metaphors are in poetry?

4. What is the first trick Ada and Van use to escape from Lucette?

5. What does Van say about his heartbeat as he grows older?

6. How does Van's sexual appetite change over time?

7. What does Van write about in his unsent letter to Ada?

8. What does Van propose about the future in his treatise on time?

9. What is Cordula's conversation like?

10. How does Van gain the post of Rattner Chair of Philosophy at University of Kingston?

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