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, Vaughan's relations with women were all governed by what?

2. What do all the cars Ballard drives remind him of?

3. According to Ballard at the end of Chapter 2, the radiator grills of their cars resembled what?

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

5. What premonitions does Ballard begin to have after being released from the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the man killed in the crash with Ballard symbolic?

3. Where does Ballard take Renata after his release from the hospital and why?

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

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

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

7. Why doesn't Catherine attend the funeral for Dr. Helen Remington's husband and what does it show about her character?

8. Who is Karen and why is she significant?

9. How does Ballard crash his car and why is it significant?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the treatment of women in "Crash." Provide specific examples to support your statements.

1) How would you characterize Ballard's relationship with the women in his life?

2) What roles do the women embrace and what roles do they reject and why?

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

In "Crash," both Helen's husband and Vaughan die early in the novel. Ballard's recollections of Vaughan and meeting him through his accident that killed Helen's husband can be seen as a sort of elegy as he grieves for both himself (in being accountable for another person's death) as well as for his friend. Choose 3 major scenes and discuss the way he expresses his grief.

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