Flights: A Novel Test | Final Test - Hard

Olga Tokarczuk
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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. The woman with the red suitcase stops in what location on her way home from visiting her ex-lover?

2. The vignette entitled "Another Cook" focuses on what other Cook besides James Cook?

3. Who notices during their visits that Verheyen is becoming increasingly obsessed with his amputated body part?

4. The narrator notes that the airport in which city is shaped like a hieroglyphic?

5. Philip Verheyen was a real person from history who held what position?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the loss of purity theme depicted within the narrator's conversation about giving blood?

2. What had the woman in rags been mumbling to Annushka when Annushka became frightened?

3. What country does the unnamed narrator say is the perfect place for observing people and why?

4. What object does Tokarczuk use in a metaphor characterizing the nocturnal brain and why?

5. Who is Annushka?

6. In what way does the theme of regret appear within the story of Van Horssen and his mentor Verheyen?

7. In what way does the unnamed narrator show an affinity for secrecy?

8. How does Tokarczuk present the theme of being present within the vignette entitled “Irkutsk-Moscow”?

9. How is the theme of ethnocentrism depicted within the vignettes focusing on James Cook?

10. In what way does Tokarczuk use dialogue in order to highlight a lack of sensitivity in tourists?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Tokarczuk’s use of metaphor, simile, imagery, and other literary devices as a means to send particular thematic messages within the narrative of Flights.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the ways in which the novel Flights uses the motif of dreams to further its key messages.

Essay Topic 3

Determine Tokarczuk’s message within the novel Flights regarding the idea of pilgrims and pilgrimage.

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