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. Why does Arty begin to grow jealous of young Chick?

2. How does Arty repay Zephr McGurk for the work he does on the show?

3. What is the name of the establishment where Miranda works?

4. Where do the twins hide on their birthday?

5. How is Alma Witherspoon described?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Alma Witherspoon?

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

3. How is the twins' sick horse healed?

4. Describe Arty's appearance.

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

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

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

8. Who is Leona, and what happened to her?

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

10. What does Oly keep in the chest in her apartment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The picture of Oly's relationship with her mother changes drastically in the first two chapters of the novel - the first chapter addresses Oly's relationship with Lil when Oly is a child, and the second chapter addresses Oly's relationship with her mother as an adult. In an essay, compare and contrast these two relationships explaining why you think the relationship has changed. Which picture of the mother-daughter relationship is healthier?

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

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."

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