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. Aside from the Binewski daughters, what is the hair color of all the other girls who work for the circus?

2. Who performed the surgery on Dr. Phyllis' abdomen to remove what she believe was implanted there?

3. How does Al first utilize Chick's abilities?

4. Who is Miranda?

5. What does Vern Bogner do when he sees the Binewskis step out of their car?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Oly visits Miranda at work?

2. What happens when Arty asks Chick to make him a roast beef sandwich?

3. Describe Olympia's appearance.

4. Who is Alma Witherspoon?

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

6. What is Arturism?

7. Why does Oly visit Miranda in her apartment?

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

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

10. Why is Dr. Phyllis' hiring significant in Arty's climb to power?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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