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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who did Vaughan collide with two months earlier when he lurched from a concealed access road?
(a) Two mechanics.
(b) A filmmaker.
(c) A stunt driver.
(d) Two air hostesses.

2. When Ballard is lifted onto the stretcher after the crash, how does he feel?
(a) Isolated from the reality of the accident.
(b) Guilty about causing a man to die.
(c) Relieved that he wasn't seriously injured.
(d) Aroused at seeing the young wife.

3. In the parking lot outside the hospital, Ballard says that his hostility towards Vaughan gave way to what?
(a) Deference, even subservience.
(b) Passion, even love.
(c) Fear, even panic.
(d) Admiration, even envy.

4. According to Ballard, why did Vaughan's former career come to an abrupt end?
(a) Because he was arrested and convicted of killing his lover.
(b) Because he was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash.
(c) Because he was institutionalized for his unconventional views.
(d) Because his wife died in a terrible car crash.

5. Who does Ballard's wife Catherine tell him he looks like in the hospital?
(a) A gentleman in Harrod's.
(b) A victim in Madame Tussaud's.
(c) A child out of Charles Dicken's.
(d) A murderer in an Agatha Christie mystery.

Short Answer Questions

1. After the crash, Ballard states that an "uneasy _____ carried me towards the hospital."

2. What is the name of Catherine's secretary whom she asks Ballard to visualize her having intercourse with?

3. In the hospital, what contained the "hundred histories of collision and bereavement" according to Ballard?

4. According to Ballard, Vaughan's relations with women were all governed by what?

5. Who is injured at the stock-car races at the stadium in Northolt and taken to the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the wife of the man killed in the crash with Ballard react to the crash and why is it significant?

2. What are Ballard's injuries from his crash with the man and his wife and how does he respond to them?

3. How does Dr. Robert Vaughan interrupt Ballard's rendezvous with the prostitute and why is it important?

4. What does Ballard believe Helen's motives are for making love with him at the site of the accident and what is their sex act a metaphor for?

5. Who is with Dr. Helen Remington in the hospital and why is it significant?

6. What kind of pleasure did Vaughan derive from car crashes and how is it significant?

7. Who is Karen and why is she significant?

8. What is the point of view in "Crash"?

9. Why does Ballard recognize Dr. Robert Vaughan when he sees him with the camera in the parking garage and why is it significant?

10. What dominates Ballard's thoughts as he recovers in the hospital and why is it significant?

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