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 Oedipa ask questions about in order to play the game with Metzger?

2. Who is Randolph Driblette?

3. What choice does Oedipa make in regard to Dr. Hilarius, even though she recognizes there will never be a way to know if she is cured?

4. In the car after Oedipa and Metzger leave the theater, who do they hear on KCUF radio?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Mucho Maas feel about the used cars his customers brought in for trade-in?

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

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

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

5. Describe the manager of the Echo Courts Motel.

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

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

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

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

Discuss the overall theme of the breakdown of communication on the societal level. How was it symbolized and explored throughout the novel? Compare this to how communication breaks down on a personal level for Oedipa.

Essay Topic 3

How is the language of description repeatedly used to suggest that Oedipa's quest for truth is also a quest for religious or spiritual significance in a world apparently devoid of it? Give specific examples throughout the novel.

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