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. Why has Michael come to get the narrator?

2. What does the narrator's mother reveal about the narrator as a baby?

3. What image of their mother does Michael keep in his memory?

4. Who does the narrator receive a phone call from after finishing the last of the drugs as Michael sleeps?

5. Who does the narrator encounter at the club?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Megan invite the narrator to dinner at her apartment?

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

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

4. Why does the narrator leap out of the limo to escape his conversation with Bernie, the drug lord?

5. Why does the narrator call Vicky after the party?

6. What job does Michael offer to the narrator, and what are the implications of this job?

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

8. What exhibit in the museum is the narrator's favorite?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator is obsessed with Coma Baby.

1) How are the dilemmas of the Coma Baby similar to the narrator's own?

2) In his dream about Coma Baby, what role does the narrator take on?

3) How are Coma Baby's mother and the narrator's mother parallels?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the conflicts between the narrator's perceived inner self and his outer persona.

1) Who does he really think he is inside?

2) Why is he so reliant on Allagash and the status of his New York social life?

3) How does his job fit into that image?

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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