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

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

3. What is the name of Catherine's secretary whom she asks Ballard to visualize her having intercourse with?
(a) Karen.
(b) Kathy.
(c) Katrina.
(d) Kelly.

4. According to Ballard, the young wife of the man killed in the car crash stared at him with a look that resembled a ________in an Early Renaissance icon.
(a) Angel.
(b) Madonna.
(c) Child.
(d) Devil.

5. 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 contained multiple identities.
(b) Its true nature had been exposed.
(c) Its purpose remained elusive.
(d) It became an object of fear.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Ballard, as he recuperates in the hospital, what does he state as the "only real experience" he had been through in years?

2. According to Ballard, what do the scars above his patella replicate?

3. Why does Ballard recognize the man taking pictures of him as Vaughan?

4. Who dies as the novel opens?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ballard and Catherine's marriage and explain its relevance to the novel.

2. Who is Karen and why is she significant?

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

4. Why is Dr. Robert Vaughan wanted by the police and how is it significant?

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

6. Why does Ballard begin renting cars and what do they signify?

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

8. Who is Elizabeth Taylor and what role does she play in the novel?

9. How do Ballard, Helen, and Vaughan react to Seagrave's accident at the stock-car races and why is it significant?

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

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