Geek Love Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Katherine Dunn
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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. How does Crystal Lil watch television?

2. How do the rest of the children respond to Dr. Phyllis' new position?

3. How is Alma Witherspoon described?

4. Who cleans the Chute?

5. What type of food does Miss Lick's family produce?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Al choose to keep the children separate from the rest of the town folk?

2. What happens when the children are brought to the hospital?

3. What is the unusual offer that Miranda been approached about, and how does she react?

4. How does Arty begin drawing larger crowds to his shows?

5. Why does Oly feel guilty after her performance at Miranda's work?

6. Describe how we first see Oly's adult life.

7. What is the significance of Mariposa and her horse's accident?

8. What significant event happens on the twins' 14th birthday?

9. What is on Miss Lick's home videos?

10. What does the article Oly finds tell us about Dr. Phyllis time in medical school?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Arty's relationship with Chick changes as Arty realizes his power. In an essay, analyze the progression of Arty's view of Chick from his infancy to his death as well as the progression of Chick's view of Arty during the same time period. What elements have affected each brother's views of the other over the course of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Pride is another emotion that runs heavily through the characters of the novel. In an essay, explain how have you seen pride and control intermingle throughout the text. Compare/contrast Arty's pride versus Oly's pride as well as the pride that Miss Lick has in her projects versus the pride that she hopes to gift her projects.

Essay Topic 3

The point of view within the novel shifts between Oly's perspective and Norval Sanderson's perspective. In an essay, explain what you have learned from Oly Binewski's perspective of the events and what you have learned from Norval Sanderson's perspective of the events. Why do you think it was important for Katherine Dunn to explore the story through different perspectives?

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