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. What does Mucho advise Oedipa to do after she shows him the letter regarding Pierce Inverarity?

3. Fallopian tells Metzger that what two ideas are part of the same creeping horror?

4. Who is Randolph Driblette?

5. Tony Jaguar's lawsuit against Inverarity resembles the plot of a Jacobean revenge play entitled ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. As Oedipa seeks a motel to escape the illusion of speed and freedom that driving provides, to what does she compare the road?

2. What do the Paranoids set outside the door of Oedipa's room?

3. In his phone call to Oedipa a year ago, what did Pierce Inverarity say about Mucho?

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

5. What is Mike Fallopian trying to prove in his history of private mail delivery in the U.S.?

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

7. Describe the manager of the Echo Courts Motel.

8. How can electronic music be performed live at The Scope bar?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is the language of description repeatedly used to suggest that Oedipa's quest for truth is also a quest for religious or spiritual significance in a world apparently devoid of it? Give specific examples throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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