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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 quips to Veen that he doesn't really need two women?
2. What causes Eberthella Brown to spill her coffee?
3. Who does Van see on the train?
4. What two kinds of dreams does Van generally have?
5. What does Van invite Lucette to do?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Van say is as common in dreams as metaphors are in poetry?
2. What metaphor does Van use for trying to understand time?
3. What does Van do after leaving Demon?
4. What does Cordula tell Van about Vanda Broom?
5. What does Van give to Lucette in exchange for the name of the man who wants to marry her?
6. In Marina's last days, why is Van planning a trip to America?
7. How did Percy de Prey die?
8. What were the reviews of Van's first book like?
9. What does Van write about in his unsent letter to Ada?
10. How does Van respond to Ada's arrival?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the relationships between parents and children in the novel.
1) How does Van relate to Aqua? How does he relate to Demon? How does he relate to Marina? What does he get from each of these parental figures, and how do they affect him?
2) How does Marina relate to Ada and Lucette? How does she influence them? Compare her influence to the influence of the governess.
3) What influence does Dan have as a parent? How do Lucette and Ada relate to him?
Essay Topic 2
The central story of the novel is focused on the incestuous relationship between Ada and Van. Discuss incest in the novel.
1) What are Van and Ada's attitudes toward incest? The implication is that even as children, they know they are brother and sister. Do they hide this knowledge from themselves? Do they accept it?
2) Why do Ada and Van change their mind about living together when Demon finds out? Are their self-perceptions changed by Demon's admission of their relationship as siblings? Are their actions driven by Demon's open knowledge of the secret? What are the societal attitudes involved?
3) Why does Van tell Lucette he doesn't want another incestuous relationship with her? What is different about a relationship with Lucette, as opposed to any other unrelated woman?
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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