The Crying of Lot 49 Test | Mid-Book 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. The rock group, The Paranoids, is a take off on what famous band?

2. How did Oedipa know Pierce Inverarity?

3. What are the members of Mike Fallopian's group required to do each week?

4. What is the current occupation of the actor who is playing Metzger in the TV pilot?

5. As she prepares to play a game with Metzger, what begins careening around the bathroom of Oedipa's motel room at Echo Courts?

Short Essay Questions

1. What aspect of Mucho's job does Oedipa compare to a religious officiant conducting a ceremony?

2. How does Oedipa imagine Pierce Inverarity might have died?

3. Why is Di Presso hiding in a boat at Fangoso Lagoons to avoid his client?

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

5. Where did Tony Jaguar get the bones that he sold to Beaconsfield Cigarettes?

6. Why does the manager of the Echo Courts think Oedipa is trying to seduce him?

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

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

9. Why can't Mucho Maas drink honey in his coffee?

10. What is suggested by the name of Oedipa's psychiatrist, Dr. Hilarius?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 3, Pynchon engages in explicit foreshadowing, signaled by use of the future tense. The author also speaks directly to the reader, providing knowledge of which the character remains ignorant.

1) Give specific examples of foreshadowing.

2) How is this literary device used in an ironic manner?

Essay Topic 2

Explain how the Nefastis Machine is used as a metaphor for language within the novel. What does the use of a complicated scientific machine convey about Pynchon's views about language and communication?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the function of language and its ability or inability to convey truth as a central thematic strand of the novel. How is this theme intertwined with others in The Crying of Lot 49?

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