City of Glass Test | Mid-Book 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. Which writing instrument does Quinn use the first time he writes in his notebook?

2. How many different groups of people were said to have worked on the Tower of Babel?

3. What is the date of Quinn's parent's anniversary?

4. Does Quinn enjoy keeping his writing desk organized?

5. Why does Quinn experience a moment of panic while following Stillman home?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Quinn feel when he assumes the persona of Paul Auster?

2. Why is the year 1960 important in City of Glass?

3. What does the elder Stillman look like when he emerges from his hotel room for the first time in Chapter 8?

4. What does Daniel Auster look like?

5. How does Quinn react the first time he is called by Peter Stillman?

6. What is Quinn's reaction to losing track of Stillman at the end of Chapter 10?

7. How is Quinn able to feed himself during the time he lives as a bum?

8. What does Peter Stillman look like?

9. What does Virginia Stillman look like?

10. What lies does Peter Stillman tell Quinn when they speak in Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Quinn only has one true friend represented in City of Glass, the counterman at Heights Luncheonette. He has been coming to Heights for years, and still does not know the name of the counterman. The two men talk about baseball every time they see each other. Write an essay that explores Quinn's friendship with the counterman. How does Quinn act differently while in the presence of his friend? What aspects of his personality change? Why has Quinn never bothered to find out the name of the counterman?

Essay Topic 2

Sanity is a valuable asset to the characters in City of Glass. As the story progresses, Quinn begins to lose grip on reality. At first the process is slow, but it quickens toward the end of the story. Write an essay that explains what happens to Quinn's mind as events unfold in City of Glass. At what point does he begin to slip away? When in the story does it worsen?

Essay Topic 3

The red notebook is an important item in City of Glass. It is Quinn's lifeline to the Stillman case. It is also the source of the story. Write an essay that explains why the red notebook is so important to the plot of the story. Why did Quinn choose this particular notebook over the others at Heights Luncheonette? Does he ever realize how important the notebook is and will be while he is writing in it? Where would the story be without the red notebook?

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