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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The walls of Vaughan's apartment are covered with close-ups of whose body?
(a) Dr. Helen Remington's.
(b) James Ballard's.
(c) Elizabeth Taylor's.
(d) Marilyn Monroe's.

2. According to Ballard, why does the young wife who is removed from her car after the crash resemble a "mentally defective girl" he once saw perform in a play?
(a) Because the young wife's crying sounds like the girl's singing.
(b) Because the young wife's legs look like the girl's pirouette.
(c) Because the young wife's wounds look like the girl's scars.
(d) Because the young wife's expression looks like the girl's face.

3. Where do Helen and Ballard's trysts take place?
(a) In Helen's apartment.
(b) Near the airport.
(c) At a hotel.
(d) In Ballard's car.

4. What does Ballard do for the week after being released from the hospital?
(a) Watches television.
(b) Walks around the neighborhood.
(c) Sleeps on the couch.
(d) Sits on the veranda.

5. What did Vaughan rehearse for in the days before his death?
(a) A one-man show.
(b) His own death.
(c) Ballard's murder.
(d) His wedding.

6. Who does Ballard call the "nightmare angel of expressways"?
(a) Vaughan.
(b) Ballard.
(c) Elizabeth Taylor.
(d) Helen Remington.

7. According to Ballard, what happens on the fourth day in the hospital "for no evident reason"?
(a) The anesthetics are withdrawn.
(b) The nurses harrass him.
(c) The doctors don't come.
(d) The IV fluids are taken.

8. What does Ballard realize about his first meeting with Vaughan?
(a) That his motive for following him has something to do with blackmail, but not revenge.
(b) That his motive for following him has something to do with revenge, but not blackmail.
(c) That his motives for following him have nothing to do with revenge or blackmail.
(d) That his motives for following him have everything to do with revenge and blackmail.

9. As Ballard drives home with Catherine after being released from the hospital, how does the image of a car change for him after his accident?
(a) It became an object of fear.
(b) Its true nature had been exposed.
(c) Its purpose remained elusive.
(d) It contained multiple identities.

10. After the crash, Ballard states that an "uneasy _____ carried me towards the hospital."
(a) Euphoria.
(b) Fear.
(c) Calm.
(d) Sadness.

11. According to Ballard, what do the scars above his patella replicate?
(a) The switches for the windshield wipers and parking lights.
(b) The handles for the air and rearview mirror.
(c) The keys for the ignition and the dashboard compartment.
(d) The knobs for the radio and emergency brakes.

12. Who does Ballard first take in a rental car to the scene of his accident that killed Helen's husband?
(a) Catherine.
(b) Helen.
(c) Renata.
(d) No one.

13. What do all the cars Ballard drives remind him of?
(a) The dead drivers and passengers.
(b) The previous drivers and passengers.
(c) The would-be drivers and passengers.
(d) The current drivers and passengers.

14. According to Ballard at the end of Chapter 2, the radiator grills of their cars resembled what?
(a) A "peaceful sleep."
(b) A "protective grimace."
(c) A "perverse union."
(d) A "positive force."

15. Why does Ballard visit the Northolt police pound?
(a) To pay a fine.
(b) To see his car.
(c) To see the police.
(d) To see Vaughan.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Ballard's "ironic gesture" to provoke Catherine and Renate, who don't want him to drive?

2. Where is the film studio Ballard works for located?

3. What is Vaughan's scientific subject?

4. "Crash" is set in what city?

5. What kind of films did Ballard and Catherine see at the small art-cinema near their home?

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