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 San Narciso remind Oedipa of as she views it from a hilltop?

2. On a long ago trip with Pierce Inverarity, where did Oedipa see an exhibition of paintings by Remedios Varo ?

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

4. Under what name did Metzger perform when he was a child actor?

5. Funch, Mucho's boss, accuses him of what in his interactions with people at work?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the manager of the Echo Courts Motel.

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

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

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

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

6. When did Pierce Inverarity die?

7. What do the Paranoids set outside the door of Oedipa's room?

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

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

10. In his phone call to Oedipa a year ago, what did Pierce Inverarity say about Mucho?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In Chapter 3, Pynchon engages in explicit foreshadowing, signaled by use of the future tense. The author also speaks directly to the reader, providing knowledge of which the character remains ignorant.

1) Give specific examples of foreshadowing.

2) How is this literary device used in an ironic manner?

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