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 saves Oedipa, Metzger and their friends after they are stranded on the island in the middle of Fangoso Lagoons?

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

3. Why does Dr. Hilarius call Oedipa at 3 a.m.?

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

5. What is Metzger's current occupation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of image does Funch the program director want Mucho to have at the radio station?

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

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

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

5. Why does the moment Oedipa sees San Narciso from a hilltop have a religious quality to her?

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

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

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

9. How is the sign advertising the Echo Courts in the likeness of Marilyn Monroe?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the myth of Echo and Narcissus? How is it represented in the setting, characters and themes of The Crying of Lot 49?

Essay Topic 2

The possible crime related to Inverarity's estate, the use of GI bones, is coupled to a Jacobean play about crimes also set in Italy, The Courier's Tragedy. Discuss how the themes of the novel are echoed in the play, as well as referencing the literary significance of Pynchon's use of a play-within-a-play.

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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