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 the television character that Oedipa's lawyer is writing about?

2. What does San Narciso remind Oedipa of as she views it from a hilltop?

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

4. What are the members of Mike Fallopian's group required to do each week?

5. What does Metzger complain about when Oedipa tells him she is going backstage after the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. When did Pierce Inverarity die?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is unusual about the postmark on the letter Oedipa receives from Mucho?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes of The Crying of Lot 49 is that technology does not reveal truth. How is this demonstrated in Chapter 5? Are there other examples of this theme in the novel?

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 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

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