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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. Oedipa goes to Zapf's Used Books to buy a copy of what book?
(a) Jacobean Revenge Plays.
(b) The Trystero.
(c) The Bible.
(d) Real Revenge Plays.

2. Where does Stanley Koteks tell Oedipa to go instead of Berkeley after he becomes distrustful of her?
(a) Los Angeles.
(b) Kinneret.
(c) San Francisco.
(d) San Narciso.

3. 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?
(a) Konrad.
(b) Conrad.
(c) Kenny.
(d) Conan.

4. Where does Genghis Cohen want to send several of the stamps he is reviewing for Oedipa?
(a) San Francisco.
(b) University of California.
(c) An Expert Committee.
(d) A Stamp Expo.

5. In Chapter 4, who does Oedipa tell Stanley Koteks she is?
(a) A design engineer.
(b) A patent inspector.
(c) A board member.
(d) A stockholder.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Mr. Thoth, a resident of the home for senior citizens, wakes from a doze and mentions to Oedipa that his grandfather rode for the ______________.

3. A young female graduate student reveals to Oedipa that ________ drowned himself in the Pacific Ocean two days ago.

4. Genghis Cohen shows Oedipa an old German stamp with Thurn and Taxis printed on it which has a special symbol in each corner. He suggests that the extra mark on the symbol is a ______.

5. Oedipa goes to the stamp auction to somehow confront the mysterious bidder for lot 49 and she encounters who?

Short Essay Questions

1. What connection does Oedipa make between the old German stamp with Thurn and Taxis printed on it which has a post horn, resembling the WASTE symbol, in each corner and the scene from The Courier's Tragedy?

2. The overall crisis Oedipa faces by the end of the novel could be summed up how?

3. Why does Oedipa consider her job as co-executor to be similar to Driblette's job as director of a play?

4. Why does Oedipa think it is possible that her search for Tristero may be a hoax created by Pierce Inverarity?

5. What is meant by Oedipa seeing Genghis Cohen, the philatelist, framed in a long succession of doorways?

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

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

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

9. What is significant about the fact that the founder of Tristero, Hernando Joaquin de Tristero y Calavera, called himself The Disinherited?

10. At the end of Chapter 4, Genghis Cohen explains to Oedipa that the dandelion wine is clear now, but becomes cloudy in the spring when the dandelions begin to bloom, as if the dandelions in the wine remembered. What does Oedipa muse about this?

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