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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 happens to Violet's during dinner?
2. What is Violet reading as Titus chats to her?
3. What is wrong with Violet?
4. Why does Titus enjoy Violet?
5. What does Violet begin researching?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain why Loga and Calista are mean to Violet in 'The Real Thing'.
2. Describe the sea as Titus and Violet view it, and what is shows about the world Titus lives in.
3. Why is Titus uneasy around Violet?
4. Explain what Quendy means when she chastises Titus in '86.5%'
5. Explain what happens during Spin the Bottle.
6. Explain what Violet tells Titus about Central America, and what he hears on the radio.
7. Describe Titus and Violet's fight about the state of America, and why it made Titus feel stupid.
8. What does Violet say about her idea of what living life is?
9. Explain what has happened to Jefferson Park, and why Violet and Titus' father argue about this.
10. Explain the discomfort between Titus and Violet as they are lying on the grass outside her home.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The language used by the author in the novel is definitely different than in other novels. What do you think the author was trying to achieve with this language? Do you think the language helps convey the concepts of teenage life, or do you think it detracts from the novel?
Essay Topic 2
M.T. Anderson makes a strong argument against consumerism in the novel, as his characters find themselves mere puppets to economic materialism. Choose two examples of anti consumerism in the novel, and discuss them. What is the example? How does it argue against consumerism? What is M.T. Anderson trying to say about consumerism? What is your opinion of the portrayal of consumerism in the novel?
Essay Topic 3
Another theme throughout the novel is the level of intelligence in the teenagers of the book. Titus argues, at one point, that people are super smart as a result of the feed, whereas Violet argues, at one point, that the feed is creating a generation of "ignorant, self centered idiots" (pg. 113). Which do you agree with, and why? Do you think the feed is entirely responsible, or do you think there are other factors? What are they? Be sure to support your ideas using examples from the book.
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