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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. In order to make the task even more difficult for Chick to complete, what is the only tool that Arty allows him to use?
2. What do Al and Lil believe about their children?
3. How does Arty imply that Leona dies?
4. What does Vern Bogner do when he sees the Binewskis step out of their car?
5. Why does Al regularly take Chick into town?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when Arty asks Chick to make him a roast beef sandwich?
2. Describe the invention that Zephr McGurk brings to Arty.
3. Who is Leona, and what happened to her?
4. Why is Dr. Phyllis' hiring significant in Arty's climb to power?
5. How does the family realize that Chick has special powers?
6. Who is Alma Witherspoon?
7. What does Oly keep in the chest in her apartment?
8. What happens when Al takes Chick into town?
9. What does the article Oly finds tell us about Dr. Phyllis time in medical school?
10. How does Oly gain access to Miss Lick's life?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Al Binewski has strict rules that the children are to be kept separate from the outside world. There are many reasons for these rules. In an essay, describe two of the reasons why Al may have wanted to keep his children hidden from the townsfolk. Describe two incidents in which the children do come into contact with outsiders, and the outcome of those meetings, and describe the way that isolation has affected one, or more, of the Binewski children.
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