Crash Test | Final 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. What do the subjects who completed Vaughan's questionnaire all have in common?

2. At the Road Research Laboratory, who does Helen stare at "almost as if they were patients whom she hoped to treat"?

3. When Ballard drives home with Catherine and Vaughan in the backseat, what does he notice for the first time since his release from the hospital?

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

5. How does Seagrave preempt the "real death" that Vaughan reserved for himself?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where do Catherine and Vaughan have sex and why is it significant?

3. Describe Catherine's fantasies about Vaughan, how they pertain to Ballard, and their impact on her and Ballard's marriage.

4. When Ballard and Vaughan arrive at the accident site involving a minor accident, what do they discover?

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

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

7. Who are the spectators at the accident site involving the taxi and limo and what role does the scene have in the larger story?

8. How does Gabrielle respond to Ballard's staring at the scars on her legs and how does Ballard interpret her response?

9. Why is Ballard attracted to Gabrielle?

10. What is Ballard's response to Catherine sleeping with Vaughan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Catherine in "Crash." As Ballard's wife, she plays a critical role in the novel. What motivates her as a character? Is she a flat or round character and why?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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