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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. Why do mothers drop off their babies at the incubation exhibition?
2. Who has taken care of the horse?
3. Where does Cy go despite his vows never to return after Lulu's death?
4. With what is Coney Island drunk?
5. Why does America require voyeurism in every attraction?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the sexual images Cy has of mermaids?
2. What does Cy think he sees in a neighboring apartment that makes him question his sanity?
3. When Grace is out of the hospital and visits Cy, how is her body described and how does Cy respond?
4. What gives a possible hint to a terrible secret in Grace's past?
5. Why does Cy stay open on rainy days and describe one such day.
6. Describe the first few days that Cy spends at the hospital.
7. Why do you think Cy returns to Pedder Street in Morecambe?
8. What does Cy think about Coney Island and how do you interpret that?
9. What does the narrator say about the light in Brooklyn?
10. What are Sedak's motives in attacking Grace?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
This book is as much about ideas as action/events, if not more so. Choose one of the following ideas and write a persuasive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Tattooing is as valid an art form as any seen in an art museum. (An idea woven throughout the entire book).
2. Horror, sin, evil and lunacy is truth on a par with the love of God and beatific goodness. (An idea found in Part 1, "The Kaiser and the Queen of Morecambe.")
3. America requires voyeurism in every attraction, because it substitutes emotion for thought. (An idea found in Part 2, "Babylon in Brooklyn.")
Essay Topic 2
There are a number of themes that run as a thread throughout the novel. Choose one of the following questions and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Trace the development and resolution of the theme that beauty and destruction are often related. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of the existing political situation during this novel.
2. Trace the development and resolution of the theme of "working through pain." Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis of the how the concept of duality manifest in character personalities and in the physical setting.
3. Trace the development of the theme of violence. Use specific examples to illustrate how this theme is expressed. Analyze the examples and offer an analysis as to why this theme is central to the novel's plot.
Essay Topic 3
Near the very end of the book after Cy has returned to Morecambe, he takes on an apprentice, Nina Shearer. Choose one of the following and write a well-developed, cohesive essay using examples from the text and your research or personal experience:
1. Compare and contrast Nina's behavior as an apprentice to Cy's behavior as an apprentice.
2. Compare and contrast Riley's teaching methods to Cy's teaching methods.
3. Discuss how effective Riley and Cy's teaching methods are and Cy and Nina's learning methods are and the strengths and weaknesses of each. To which teacher would you more likely be similar? Which apprentice?
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