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

2. What does Metzger complain about when Oedipa tells him she is going backstage after the play?

3. What is Oedipa worried about as she receives a letter from Mucho in Chapter 3?

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

5. In the car after Oedipa and Metzger leave the theater, who do they hear on KCUF radio?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the metaphor Oedipa is referring to about The Trystero and the costumes of historical figures?

2. What does Oedipa do in the bathroom of the Echo Courts motel room prior to playing a game with Metzger?

3. Why is the introduction of the Yoyodyne mail deliverer at The Scope important to the plot of The Crying of Lot 49?

4. Describe the manager of the Echo Courts Motel.

5. What kind of image does Funch the program director want Mucho to have at the radio station?

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

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

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

9. How is the sign advertising the Echo Courts in the likeness of Marilyn Monroe?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes of The Crying of Lot 49 is that technology does not reveal truth. How is this demonstrated in Chapter 5? Are there other examples of this theme in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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