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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 accompanies Oedipa and Metzger to Fangoso Lagoons for the day?

2. What is the reason for Tony Jaguar's lawsuit against Pierce Inverarity?

3. After thinking about Inverarity for the afternoon in Chapter 1, what does Oedipa suddenly remember?

4. Oedipa protests to Metzger at the end of the play that she's Republican, and she's not motivated by a desire to right wrongs, but simply by ____________.

5. What is the name of the actor who will play Metzger in a pilot for a TV series?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the four alternatives Oedipa comes up with to explain her discoveries concerning the Tristero?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. As Oedipa sits in rush hour traffic on the Bay Bridge, what does she determine she knows about Tristero?

8. Why does the moment Oedipa sees San Narciso from a hilltop have a religious quality to her?

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

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

Essay 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

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

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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