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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. Which of the following Christians is Inez Victor's grandmother?

2. During their 1975 visit in Kuala Lumpur, who does Inez say she speaks to every night?

3. Where does Inez eventually work with refugees?

4. Who is the witness at the wedding of Inez and Harry Victor?

5. How does the narrator characterize Inez's daily political life in this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Jessie Victor's new plans for her career?

2. What rule of nonfiction does Didion demonstrate in this chapter, and how does she do so?

3. How do the Victors deal with Jessie's heroin addiction?

4. How does Didion characterize Jack Lovett's life?

5. What seems ridiculous to Billy Dillon about his conversation with Dick Ziegler?

6. What does Inez Victor want to discuss with Didion in 1975 instead of her affair with Jack Lovett?

7. Describe the nature of Jack Lovett's death.

8. What information about Paul Christian's crime does Didion reveal in Chapter 3?

9. How are Jack Lovett and Inez Victor reunited in Chapter 11?

10. Why does Inez listen to the radio all night at end of the chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The actual plot of DEMOCRACY only begins about halfway through the novel. The preceding chapters provide reams of expository information and tantalizing clues as to what is to come. Write an essay analyzing the narrative structure of the novel. What does Didion achieve with the unorthodox structure? How does the first half of the novel prepare the reader for the plot to follow? What question does it raise? Are all of them answered by the end of the book?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the Christian family. Using three members, discuss how they are outsiders to their traditional surroundings. How do they view the world of modern Hawaiian society? What are their business endeavors? To what extent are they always held remote from the rest of Hawaiian society? How does the local population view the Christian family?

Essay Topic 3

Joan Didion 's style of writing is perhaps most often described as cold, objective, and bloodless. It reflects her background as a journalist. Write an essay in three parts, examining how her narrative style affects the way she presents the shattering events of Democracy. How does she deny her characters a clear emotional life? How does this affect the way these violent and passionate events occur? How does it affect the reader's reaction to them?

Part 1) Jessie Victor's drug addiction.

Part 2) Paul Christian's shootings.

Part 3) Inez Victor's affair and her decision to leave her family.

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