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 does Metzger tell Oedipa about Beaconsfield Cigarettes?

2. What type of business is Hogan's Seraglio in downtown San Narciso?

3. What is the name of Oedipa's lawyer?

4. What is at the center of the intricate plot of the play Oedipa and Metzger go to see?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about the fact that the founder of Tristero, Hernando Joaquin de Tristero y Calavera, called himself The Disinherited?

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

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

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

5. Oedipa discovers that the line from Driblette's version in Plays of Ford, Webster, Tourneur and Wharfinger about Trystero was replaced by another referring to what?

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

7. By gathering clues from diverse obscure sources, what is the account of how the Tristero organization began that Oedipa pieces together?

8. Oedipa compares her search for The Tristero to what process?

9. In addition to visiting John Nefastis, why does Oedipa need to go to Berkeley?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The possible crime related to Inverarity's estate, the use of GI bones, is coupled to a Jacobean play about crimes also set in Italy, The Courier's Tragedy. Discuss how the themes of the novel are echoed in the play, as well as referencing the literary significance of Pynchon's use of a play-within-a-play.

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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