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. What comments does Metzger make to Oedipa after every commercial on the TV as they watch his movie in the motel room?

2. Despite a lack of specific facts, what does Mike Fallopian say took place in 1864?

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

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

5. What is on the island in the middle of the artificial lake at Fangoso Lagoons?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. When did Pierce Inverarity die?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oedipa's husband is named Mucho Maas, an approximation to the Spanish phrase 'mucho mas,' or 'much more.' What does this suggest the character of Mucho represents in the novel? Give specific examples of how this is shown throughout The Crying of Lot 49.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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