Bright Lights, Big City Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Where does the narrator decide to go?

2. For what does the narrator ask the man unloading the truck?

3. What item does he steal from the man at the bar?

4. What note does the narrator leave for Megan?

5. What does he have to say in the phone call?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Vicky's concept of "ineffability."

2. Why is a home-cooked meal such a novelty for the narrator?

3. What happens when the narrator and Amanda speak?

4. Why does Michael say he never liked Amanda?

5. What kind of relationship did the narrator have with his mother?

6. How does Michael's reappearance change the narrator's demeanor?

7. What does the narrator remember the most about Amanda, though he cannot remember what she looks like?

8. What does Michael theorize may have spurred the narrator to marry Amanda?

9. Why does the narrator opt to take Megan's valium?

10. Why is it ironic that the narrator snorts cocaine behind the library?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Debatably, the narrator's closest friend is Tad Allagash. How does Tad exemplify the idea of "Bright Lights, Big City?" What is Tad's philosophy in life? Is it easy for the narrator to buy into this philosophy? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Do a character analysis of Alex Hardy. Include:

1) His professional background.

2) His medical background.

3) His relationship to the narrator.

Why does the narrator have such respect for Alex? Where is Alex by the end of the novel, and will the experience change him?

Essay Topic 3

What is the main tension between aspects of the narrator's life? Provide at least three textual examples of the narrator's struggle with this tension. Is he able to resolve it by the end of the novel? If not, is there hope for him to resolve it in the future? Will the narrator ever be able to grow up?

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