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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 "A Weary Man's Utopia," in what language does the narrator speak to the man from the future?

2. In "Ragnarok," what happens to the Gods who reappear?

3. In "The Gospel According to Mark," what does Baltasar do with the Gutres' English Bible?

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

5. In "The Sect of Thirty," the sect worships which Biblical figure?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In "The Plot," a gaucho dies in a similar fashion to Julius Caesar. What does this suggest about history?

5. In "The Gospel According to Mark," why do the Gutres want to crucify Baltasar?

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. Name some of the customs and beliefs of the strange group in "The Sect of Thirty."

9. In "The Rose of Paracelsus," why doesn't Paracelsus turn the ashes of the rose into a rose for the young man?

10. In "The Other," how does the elder Borges most successfully prove to the younger Borges that he is not dreaming their encounter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the style of Borges. Is it spare? Baroque? Academic? Opaque? Etc. Think, for instance, of "The Approach to Al Mu'tasim," which is written as a book review of the book "The Approach to Al Mu'tasim." Is his style mostly consistent throughout his stories, or are there any significant changes? Is his style appropriate for his subjects? Does his style itself often mirror the themes of the stories? Use at least three different stories to illustrate your point .

Essay Topic 2

Is Pierre Menard's project worthwhile? Is he a fool? A visionary? Does his project say something about the nature of interpretation and meaning? Your answer should display a thorough familiarity with "Pierre Menard, Author of Quixote." Be specific in why his project is worthy or not.

Essay Topic 3

Labyrinths are included in many of Borges' stories. Indeed, "Labyrinths" is the title of one of his collections of stories. How are these physical structures significant to his work? Consider the essence of a labyrinth: a series of mazes, designed to confuse and entrap men. How do labyrinths fit into the stories themselves? How are labyrinths symbolic for Borges' artistic intentions? Be sure to cite specific stories in your answer.

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