Crash Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. 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?

2. Who does Ballard's wife Catherine tell him he looks like in the hospital?

3. When the young wife of the man killed in the crash with Ballard exits her car, what does she do?

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

5. Who is Francis Waring, according to Ballard?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Ballard wear a seat belt when he crashes his car and how is it significant?

3. What is Helen Remington doing at the impound yard when Ballard returns to survey the damage to his car and what does it show about her character?

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. What kind of car does Ballard buy after his accident and what does it signify?

10. How does Ballard regard his accident and why is it significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare Vaughan and Ballard as characters. Define their major character traits and discuss their similarities and differences. What is the nature of their relationship? Is Vaughan or Ballard the hero of the novel? Give examples of each character to help support your statements.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the uses of technology in "Crash."

1) What is the role of technology in the characters' lives?

2) How do the characters respond to and identify with technology?

3) How is technology a metaphor for evolution?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the body as a major theme in the novel. Make sure you define theme in your discuss and use specific examples to address each of the following:

1) How does Ballard describe the human body in terms of its purpose and function?

2) Choose 3 characters and detail how their bodies are affected by violence?

3) Compare Ballard's description of the human body with the body of a car. What are their similarities and differences?

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