The Crying of Lot 49 Test | Final 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 was the name of the author of the preface of the "Plays of Ford, Webster, Tourneur and Wharfinger," who Oedipa travels to the Cal State campus to find?

2. What is the name of the auctioneer who will be crying the lots the day Oedipa goes?

3. A young female graduate student reveals to Oedipa that ________ drowned himself in the Pacific Ocean two days ago.

4. Mucho's boss, Funch, says Mucho is losing his identity and becoming more ________.

5. After Oedipa follows the wino with the bag of letters, where does she find the can with the WASTE symbol on the side?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the campus of Cal State different from when Oedipa was in college?

2. What is Pynchon ridiculing through all of Oedipa's in-depth research into the Trystero?

3. Oedipa compares her search for The Tristero to what process?

4. According to Jesus Arrabal, what is the miracle of Inverarity?

5. What is meant by Oedipa seeing Genghis Cohen, the philatelist, framed in a long succession of doorways?

6. Give examples of individuals with the post horn symbol who are somehow alienated from society.

7. By gathering clues from diverse obscure sources, what is the account of how the Tristero organization began that Oedipa pieces together?

8. Bortz hands Oedipa an ancient book about the Italian travels of Dr. Diocletian Blobb. What does this story have to do with the Trystero?

9. Why are WASTE mail boxes located under freeways?

10. What causes Oedipa to realize that every source of information on the Tristero can somehow be traced to Inverarity?

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 function of language and its ability or inability to convey truth as a central thematic strand of the novel. How is this theme intertwined with others in The Crying of Lot 49?

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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