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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 kind of game does Metzger suggest he and Oedipa play in the motel room at Echo Courts?
(a) A game of poker.
(b) A game of strip poker.
(c) A game of Botticelli cards.
(d) A game of strip Botticelli.

2. In a letter from a legal firm, what does Pierce Inverarity request Oedipa do for him?
(a) Be sole proprietor for his business.
(b) Be godmother to his children.
(c) Be executor of his estate.
(d) Inherit his estate.

3. What is the name of the actor who will play Metzger in a pilot for a TV series?
(a) Maas De Presso.
(b) Manny Di Presso.
(c) Manic Depresso.
(d) Marvin Di Pizario.

4. Despite a lack of specific facts, what does Mike Fallopian say took place in 1864?
(a) The first anti-communist rally in America.
(b) The first military confrontation between Russia and America.
(c) The first military confrontation between Iran and America.
(d) The first secret postal service.

5. What is the name of the town where Oedipa and Mucho live?
(a) Kenney.
(b) McKenney.
(c) Kinneret.
(d) Kismet.

Short Answer Questions

1. Under what name did Metzger perform when he was a child actor?

2. What does Metzger ask Oedipa to bet on in Chapter 2?

3. What choice does Oedipa make in regard to Dr. Hilarius, even though she recognizes there will never be a way to know if she is cured?

4. What happens at the climax of Oedipa and Metzger's intimate relations?

5. After receiving Inverarity's letter, which of the following does Oedipa NOT do for the afternoon?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mike Fallopian trying to prove in his history of private mail delivery in the U.S.?

2. What was strange about Pierce Inverarity's call to Oedipa a year ago?

3. Describe the manager of the Echo Courts Motel.

4. In his phone call to Oedipa a year ago, what did Pierce Inverarity say about Mucho?

5. What does Oedipa do in the bathroom of the Echo Courts motel room prior to playing a game with Metzger?

6. What is the larger setting of The Crying of Lot 49?

7. As she is losing the game of Strip Botticelli, what does Oedipa remove first?

8. What is scribbled next to a message advertising the WASTE group on the bathroom wall of The Scope?

9. What is the plot of the movie that Metzger starred in as a child?

10. Why does the moment Oedipa sees San Narciso from a hilltop have a religious quality to her?

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