Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Ada tell stories at meals?
2. What is the "eremitic reality or collective dream" Van discusses in his dissertation called?
3. What does Dack run through the house with?
4. What gift does Dan give Ada for her birthday?
5. Who walks in on Ada and Van making love?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Van give to Lucette in exchange for the name of the man who wants to marry her?
2. What metaphor does Van use for trying to understand time?
3. How does Van respond to an invitation to dine at the Captain's table?
4. Where and in what circumstances do Van and Ada first have sex?
5. In Marina's last days, why is Van planning a trip to America?
6. How does Van gain the post of Rattner Chair of Philosophy at University of Kingston?
7. What does Blanche look like as she is ready to leave?
8. What does Ada say lions do when they eat a person?
9. Describe the encounter between Blanche and Van.
10. What were the reviews of Van's first book like?
The novel follows Van and Ada from their youth through their old age. Discuss aging in the novel.
1) How does Van change throughout his life? Are his physical changes separable from his mental and emotional changes?
2) How do the characters' values and priorities change over time? What is important to them in their youth and as they grow older?
3) How do the characters' perceptions of the world around them and of their own relationship change as they age?
4) What meaning does the approach of death have for Van and Ada?
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?
Discuss sexuality in the novel.
1) How and why is sexuality related to youth in the novel? How does sexuality change with age?
2) How does sexuality relate to love and affection in the novel? What do the characters expect from sex, and what does sex actually provide?
3) What role does sexual decadence, especially represented by the Villa Venus brothels, play in the novel?
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