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. Who is Randolph Driblette?

2. Tony Jaguar's lawsuit against Inverarity resembles the plot of a Jacobean revenge play entitled ______________.

3. How did Oedipa know Pierce Inverarity?

4. What does fangoso mean in Spanish?

5. What is striking to Oedipa about the street plan of San Narciso?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why is Di Presso hiding in a boat at Fangoso Lagoons to avoid his client?

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

10. Who was the Peter Pinguid Society named for?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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