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. What does Chick chant when Mariposa, a circus performer, has an accident that injures her and kills her horse?

2. What does Dr. Phyllis take over that was initially Al's job?

3. Who comes with Al to remove the children from the hospital?

4. How does Oly react to Miranda's information about Miss Lick?

5. How do Lil and Al obtain their freakish children?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the twins' sick horse healed?

3. What happens between Arty and Chick when Oly sneaks off to listen to a story, leaving Chick unsupervised?

4. What happens when the children hide out in a cherry tree?

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

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

7. How does the family realize that Chick has special powers?

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

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

10. What is Arturism?

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

The final scene of the novel has to do with Oly's sacrifice in the name of love. In an essay, explore the reasons behind Oly's obsession with Miss Lick and why she believed that killing her was the only answer. How is the love in Oly's relationship with Miss Lick similar or different to the love in Oly's relationship with Miranda? Was Oly's sacrifice was "worth it" in the end?

Essay Topic 3

As the novel progresses, it becomes clearer and clearer that Arty has taken full control of his family. In an essay, explore the progression of Arty's gradual control of the family through the course of the novel. Explain what you think is the psychology behind Arty's need for control. Is he an inherently "bad" person, or is it something deeper that Arty is searching for? Choose one of Arty's siblings and express how his control has affected that sibling's life - either positively or negatively.

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