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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 does Van think is the most obvious choice that might have given him the note?

2. What does Marina have in her screwdrivers instead of orange juice?

3. Who made up the games that Ana describes in Chapter 8?

4. What doctor does Ada go to visit?

5. What contact with Ada excites Van?

Short Essay Questions

1. How doe Van describe Ada's way of talking when explaining something funny?

2. What bad habit does Ana stop on her twelfth birthday?

3. What becomes of Ada's old governess?

4. What are the rules of marriage among relatives that Van and Ada discuss?

5. How does Van feel about Marina?

6. What does Van do, when Ada suggests he spank Lucette?

7. What causes Lucette to follow Ada and Van around in Chapter 34?

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

9. How does young Van feel about Ada?

10. Describe the encounter between Blanche and Van.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss siblings, cousins, and their relationships in the novel.

1) What are the relationships between Marina and Aqua? How are they similar to each other? How does Aqua serve as a substitute for Marina? How does this compare to the relationship between Demon and Dan?

2) Discuss the relationship between Lucette and Ada? How are they similar and different, and what does their relationship as sisters have to do with their similarities? How does Lucette serve as a substitute for Ada?

3) Discuss the relationship between Ada and Van as brother and sister. How does their relationship as siblings change their associations? What similarities does it create between them?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the novel's portrayal of men and women.

1) How are men and women's experience of sexuality different in the novel? How are they treated differently by society?

2) What does success mean for men and women in the novel? How is it different because of gender?

3) What are men and women's intellectual pursuits in the novel? How are they different because of gender?

Essay Topic 3

The novel is a memoir, narrated by Van with input from Ada, and written in the third person with occasional first-person interludes. Discuss point of view in the novel.

1) Why does Van write his memoir mainly in the third person? What does this say about Van's perception of himself through time and his memories?

2) At what points does Van interrupt the narrative in the first person? What do these first person sections add to the novel? Why are they there?

3) What does Ada add to the novel? Where is her voice present?

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