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. Who saves Oedipa, Metzger and their friends after they are stranded on the island in the middle of Fangoso Lagoons?

2. Oedipa compares the initial contact with _____________ to a performance where the costumes of historical figuration are thickly layered.

3. What is in the pond at the center of Fangoso Lagoons?

4. As Oedipa parks her car at the Echo Courts, what idea does she remember?

5. What kind of game does Metzger suggest he and Oedipa play in the motel room at Echo Courts?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Mucho Maas feel about the used cars his customers brought in for trade-in?

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

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

4. According to Mike Fallopian, what eventually happened to Peter Pinguid?

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

6. Who was the Peter Pinguid Society named for?

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

8. What does Oedipa mean in Chapter 1 when she tells Dr. Hilarius that she is already having hallucinations?

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

10. What is unusual about the postmark on the letter Oedipa receives from Mucho?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The presence of numerous male characters in the narrative who are unable to truly love Oedipa alludes to Freud's theory of the Oedipal complex.

1) Explain Freud's theory and how it relates to The Crying of Lot 49.

3) Show specifically what each of these male characters represents to Oedipa and how they abandon her: Metzger, Driblette and Mucho.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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