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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. On her way to visit Emory Bortz, what building does Oedipa see burned down?
(a) Vespers House.
(b) Zapf's Used Books.
(c) KCUF radio station.
(d) The Tank Theater.

2. Who is Genghis Cohen?
(a) A philatelist.
(b) A philosopher.
(c) A psychiatrist.
(d) A philanthropist.

3. Tristero y Calavera set up his own postal system and called himself El Desheredado, which meant what?
(a) The Disinherited.
(b) The Disenfranchised.
(c) The Desperate.
(d) The Dangerous.

4. After finding a copy of Plays of Ford, Webster, Tourneur and Wharfinger, Oedipa discovers a note that says "trystero" may be derived from the Italian word "triste." What does this word mean?
(a) Depraved.
(b) Mysterious.
(c) Third.
(d) Deadly.

5. How does Oedipa end up at the desk of Stanley Koteks?
(a) She gets lost on a tour of Yoyodyne.
(b) They are former lovers.
(c) She is directed there by voices in her head.
(d) She follows the WASTE symbols.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bortz imagines one visionary militant addressing a group of Tristero members in a tavern to propose a merger with official postal couriers. What name does he give to this visionary?

2. When Oedipa visits Genghis Cohen for the first time, what does he give her to drink?

3. Stanley Koteks tells Oedipa ________________ is a "symptom of the gutlessness of the whole society."

4. What does the owner of the government surplus store, Winthrop Tremaine, tell Oedipa there is a large demand for?

5. Where does Genghis Cohen want to send several of the stamps he is reviewing for Oedipa?

Short Essay Questions

1. Give examples of individuals with the post horn symbol who are somehow alienated from society.

2. Oedipa discovers that the line from Driblette's version in Plays of Ford, Webster, Tourneur and Wharfinger about Trystero was replaced by another referring to what?

3. As Oedipa sits in rush hour traffic on the Bay Bridge, what does she determine she knows about Tristero?

4. The men Oedipa meets on her journey end up abandoning her. What were some of their fates and what did they represent?

5. What are the four alternatives Oedipa comes up with to explain her discoveries concerning the Tristero?

6. Inamorati Anonymous' association to the muted post horn symbol seems purely accidental, yet what are some similarities this group has to the Tristero?

7. What is the story behind the founding of Inamorati Anonymous?

8. When Oedipa and Metzger go back to The Scope in Chapter 4, Mike Fallopian explains that there exists what kind of underground group?

9. Bortz hands Oedipa an ancient book about the Italian travels of Dr. Diocletian Blobb. What does this story have to do with the Trystero?

10. Oedipa compares her search for The Tristero to what process?

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