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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. Ballard states that Vaughan was only interesting to Ballard in relation to what?
(a) His intellect.
(b) His camera.
(c) His car.
(d) His fame.

2. What does Vaughan pick up that has been left by the police at an accident sight?
(a) Tape.
(b) Bags.
(c) Flags.
(d) Chalk.

3. What does Vaughan do as he drives past the crash at the junction of the eastern descent ramp of the flyover?
(a) Honk his horn.
(b) Cheer.
(c) Expose himself.
(d) Take pictures.

4. What does Vaughan hold in his hand that he claims can help recreate the Mansfield, Camus, and Kennedy crashes?
(a) Lab handouts.
(b) Freeway designs.
(c) Studio outtakes.
(d) Hospital x-rays.

5. At the Road Research Laboratory, when does Ballard feel his sense of disembodiment and unreality increase?
(a) When Vaughan appears.
(b) When the film plays.
(c) When the cars crash.
(d) When the visitors arrive.

Short Answer Questions

1. On the Harlington clearway, besides the customized fiberglass sports car, and a chauffeur-driven government saloon, what other car is involved a crash?

2. What is Ballard afraid the real reason for the police signaling Vaughan outside Ballard's studio is?

3. What do the subjects who completed Vaughan's questionnaire all have in common?

4. According to Ballard, Helen was about to enter a period of what after her bereavement?

5. Whose body does Ballard visualize injured in a series of accidents at various stages of her life?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Vaughan begin to change as the novel progresses?

2. What is the purpose of Vaughan's questionnaire?

3. How do the prostitutes Vaughan picks up begin to change in appearance and why is it significant?

4. Why is Ballard attracted to Gabrielle?

5. At Seagrave's, what does Ballard deduce about Vaughan's photographs of Elizabeth Taylor and provides insight into why Vaughan followed Ballard?

6. What do Ballard and Vaughan do after they pick up two prostitutes and why is it relevant to the larger story?

7. What kinds of pictures does Ballard find in the questionnaire and what do they signify?

8. What does Ballard fantasize about as he has sex with Gabrielle and what does it mean?

9. Why does J.G. Ballard portray Vaughan's self-stimulation in the vehicle where a dentist recently died?

10. Why doesn't Ballard intervene on Elizabeth Taylor's behalf when he knew what Vaughan was capable of attempting to hurt her?

(see the answer keys)

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