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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 reaction does Oedipa have to what Inverarity said about her to Metzger?

2. What does Metzger ask Oedipa to bet on in Chapter 2?

3. When Oedipa goes backstage, Driblette tells her that words are like what?

4. What is the name of the manager of the Echo Courts Motel?

5. What kind of experiment does Dr. Hilarius want Oedipa to take part in?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why can't Mucho Maas drink honey in his coffee?

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

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

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

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

8. What is the metaphor Oedipa is referring to about The Trystero and the costumes of historical figures?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Satire is the literary criticism of people and society through ridicule. Pynchon gives a satirical view of many of society's institutions in The Crying of Lot 49. Choose two of the following and discuss the use of each fully through characters, setting, plot and theme.

1) Law and lawyers

2) Psychiatry

3) Industrial corporations

4) Universities and scholarly research

5) Federal institutions such as the postal system

6) Urban sprawl

7) American pop culture

8) Capitalism

Essay Topic 2

Oedipa's search for truth leads her to visit, along with Metzger, the Paranoids and their girlfriends, Inverarity's housing development, and Fangoso Lagoons.

1) Explain the significance of this setting to the thematic aspects of the novel.

2) Describe how the characters themselves and their actions in this scene embody certain themes of 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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