Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Oedipa worried about as she receives a letter from Mucho in Chapter 3?
2. Who or what in particular does Oedipa compare herself to?
3. As the novel begins, Mrs. Oedipa Maas arrives home from where?
4. In the car after Oedipa and Metzger leave the theater, who do they hear on KCUF radio?
5. What is the reason for Tony Jaguar's lawsuit against Pierce Inverarity?
Short Essay Questions
1. What causes Oedipa to realize that every source of information on the Tristero can somehow be traced to Inverarity?
2. In his phone call to Oedipa a year ago, what did Pierce Inverarity say about Mucho?
3. When Oedipa and Metzger go back to The Scope in Chapter 4, Mike Fallopian explains that there exists what kind of underground group?
4. What is Mike Fallopian trying to prove in his history of private mail delivery in the U.S.?
5. What is the larger setting of The Crying of Lot 49?
6. What is meant by Oedipa seeing Genghis Cohen, the philatelist, framed in a long succession of doorways?
7. The overall crisis Oedipa faces by the end of the novel could be summed up how?
8. Why does Nefastis contend that only a sensitive person can work his machine?
9. Why does the moment Oedipa sees San Narciso from a hilltop have a religious quality to her?
10. Why can't Mucho Maas drink honey in his coffee?
Oedipa's husband is named Mucho Maas, an approximation to the Spanish phrase 'mucho mas,' or 'much more.' What does this suggest the character of Mucho represents in the novel? Give specific examples of how this is shown throughout The Crying of Lot 49.
The Crying of Lot 49 mixes elements taken from several different genres, or types of literature. Discuss each of these in terms of its use in the novel.
1) The picaresque novel, such as Don Quixote
2) The Jacobean and Elizabethan revenge plays, such as Hamlet
5) Historical texts
Oedipa's search for truth leads her to visit, along with Metzger, the Paranoids and their girlfriends, Inverarity's housing development, and Fangoso Lagoons.
1) Explain the significance of this setting to the thematic aspects of the novel.
2) Describe how the characters themselves and their actions in this scene embody certain themes of the novel.
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