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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 is James Wait laid on the sun deck of the Bahia in Book 2: Chapter 1?
2. How many Maine lobsters were in aerated tanks of saltwater on board the Bahia before it was looted.
3. Who was Mrs. Onassis's first husband?
4. Where did Mary meet Roy Hepburn?
5. What is the theory behind people with more of a streamlined skull?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the narrator write this story?
2. How does Quezeda feed his brain's thirst for self-esteem and alcohol?
3. In the Captain's story he shares with Akiko, how are lobsters much like humans?
4. Who does Akiko name one of her daughters after? Explain.
5. Does Leon Trout obey the Father's request for him to go into the blue tunnel? Explain.
6. What is the irony behind the marriage of Mary Kaplan and Willard Flemming in Book 2: Chapter 4?
7. How is Prince Richard murdered? Who kills him?
8. In the beginning of Chapter 13, what is Selena and Hisako seeking and finding?
9. Who does Kamikaze catch by the spring and is about to copulate with?
10. According to the narrator, why do people get hiccups?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Identity and self-image are extremely deceiving as many characters in the novel are not whom they claim to be. Why do you think so many characters in the novel claim to be somebody else completely? What does this tell you about importance and emphasis on image and one's identity?
Essay Topic 2
The narrator, Leon Trout, states that all the sorrows of humankind are caused by "the only true villain in my story: the oversized human brain." Do you agree with his statement? Explain by using specific examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
In Book 1: Chapter 2, the narrator sees the blind Selena as an "experiment by Nature." Explain what the narrator means by an "experiment by Nature." Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?
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