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 is the current occupation of the actor who is playing Metzger in the TV pilot?

2. Fallopian tells Metzger that what two ideas are part of the same creeping horror?

3. What has Oedipa noticed about her life before she embarks on her journey?

4. What is the name of the town where Oedipa and Mucho live?

5. What is the occupation of Mucho Maas?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is scribbled next to a message advertising the WASTE group on the bathroom wall of The Scope?

4. Why does the manager of the Echo Courts think Oedipa is trying to seduce him?

5. What is suggested by the name of Oedipa's psychiatrist, Dr. Hilarius?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the meaninglessness of modern life is a central thematic strand to the narrative of The Crying of Lot 49.

Essay Topic 2

Pynchon bases Oedipa Maas on the Greek Myth of Oedipus.

1) Give a synopsis of the Oedipus Myth.

2) Compare the character of Oedipa to that of Oedipus. How are their struggles similar? What larger theme is Pynchon conveying with the use of the myth?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how Chapter 4 of The Crying of Lot 49 shows Oedipa involved in a process of meaning creation. Give at least four specific examples from events in the chapter.

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