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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. In "The Bribe," what does Professor Einarrson write?

2. In "Avelino Arredondo," to what does Avelino belong?

3. In "A Dialogue About a Dialogue," what interrupts the dialogue?

4. In "Blue Tigers," what do the Blue Tigers do to the narrator?

5. What is the event in "The Elderly Lady"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Everything and Nothing," who ultimately tells Shakespeare he is like him, and why does he say this?

2. In "Borges and I," who are the two Borgeses, and what is the relationship between them?

3. In "Covered Mirrors," what is the narrator's attitude toward mirrors?

4. What does "The Disk" say about greed?

5. What is the message about scientific precision in "Museum- On Exactitude in Science"?

6. In "The Interloper," do the Nelson brothers have any redeeming qualities?

7. In "The Ethnographer," why won't Fred Murdock reveal the secret of the Indian tribe to the professor?

8. In "The Book of Sand," what are the stages of the narrator's view toward the book?

9. In "The Duel," what is the nature of the duel between Clara and Marta?

10. In "Undr," is there any suggestion that "Undr" or "wonder" really isn't the only sacred word of the Urns?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Borges was deeply influenced by the stories of Edgar Allan Poe. This influence can especially be seen in the many stories that contain the supernatural and magic. Borges often inserted magic into otherwise realistic stories, a blend that is commonly called "magic realism." Using between one and three stories as evidence, describe magic realism in Borges. What does the insertion of magic into the ordinary achieve? Does it pierce further into reality, or does it discredit the stories as simple fantasy?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the concept of forbidden knowledge in Borges' stories. Are there certain things man should not know? Is it dangerous to try to play the Divine? Think of stories such as "The Writing of the God," "A Theologian in Death," "The Chamber of Statues," and "The Mirror of Ink." Choose at least one of these stories, and up to three in supporting your essay.

Essay Topic 3

Existentialism is a philosophy that holds that one makes his own meaning from a life that is essentially absurd and meaningless. Is Borges an Existentialist? Does his method of writing, with its ambiguous meanings, and multiple possibilities imply existentialism? Choose at least one and up to three stories to support your argument. Be specific.

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