Geek Love Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. After Oly's visit to Miranda at work, what idea is reinforced in Oly's mind?

2. What sport does Oly take up in order to get closer to Miss Lick?

3. What problem does Zephr McGurk wish to alleviate for Arty?

4. What does Lil give Chick permission to do with his powers after he witnesses Mariposa's accident?

5. What is Oly's birth defect?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Chick almost abandoned by the Binewski family?

2. Why did Dr. Phyllis deny the twins what they were asking for?

3. Why does Oly visit Miranda in her apartment?

4. How does Zephr McGurk change Arty's show?

5. How has Miss Lick gotten the video footage of Miranda?

6. What is the Bag Man's physicality and method of communication?

7. How is the twins' sick horse healed?

8. Briefly describe what happens when the Bag Man enters the twins' van after becoming engaged to them.

9. What does Oly see when she hears Chick, Lil, and the twins screaming in the van?

10. Explain the process of tithing in Arturism and the significance of calling this process "tithing."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Early in the novel, Oly says, "They thought to use and shame me but I win out by nature, because a true freak cannot be made. A true freak must be born." In an essay, explain the circumstances that led to Oly speaking these words; what contributes to Oly's ideas of a freak being made versus being born? Describe two ways that you believe the Binewski children have been made into "freaks."

Essay Topic 2

It seems that the lifestyle of the Binewski family is almost addicting. To the outsider, life within a circus may seem daunting or bizarre, but once these outsiders have experienced the community, many of the characters chose not to leave. Choose one character who was not initially a member of the Binewski family and describe the events that led him/her to be a permanent member of the cast or crew. What characteristics within the family dynamics or circus lifestyle may be appealing to an outsider? Why does the desire to belong affect the members of the Admitted and how does Arty exploits this mentality?

Essay Topic 3

The family lives a life of separation from those who are "norms." While the family outwardly admits that they dislike "norms," Arty seemingly wants to be accepted by them. In an essay, compare/contrast Arty's vocalization of "norms" versus the actions that he partakes in while desperately seeking acceptance from "norms." How does Arty's view of norms compare to Oly's view? How does Arty's view of "norms" affect his relationship with his brother, Chick?

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