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 is Metzger?

2. What did Inverarity tell Metzger about Oedipa?

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

4. Funch, Mucho's boss, accuses him of what in his interactions with people at work?

5. What is the actual first name of Oedipa's husband, Mucho Maas?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the manager of the Echo Courts Motel.

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

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

8. What is the larger setting of The Crying of Lot 49?

9. As she is losing the game of Strip Botticelli, what does Oedipa remove first?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

3) Mythology

4) Fairytales

5) Historical texts

Essay Topic 2

The larger setting of The Crying of Lot 49 is the United States in the era of the counter-culture, the 1960s, when experimentation with psychedelic drugs was rife and identity crises pervasive. The problem the novel presents is the crisis of meaning present in modern life. Choose one of the four ways this theme manifests itself throughout the novel. Discuss it thoroughly with events and characters.

1) Identity crises

2) Relationship and sexuality problems

3) Injustice in the economic system

4) Loss of cultural consensus as to what constitutes truth

Essay Topic 3

What is the myth of Echo and Narcissus? How is it represented in the setting, characters and themes of The Crying of Lot 49?

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