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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 kind of party has Dag arranged for he and Andy to work as bartenders at?
2. Which of Elvissa's possessions does Claire discover at Tobias's place?
3. What does Tyler read in the car on the way back from his and Andy's Christmas Eve shopping trip?
4. In Chapter 29, what does Dag say Bunny looks like?
5. At the end of Chapter 29, before returning to the party, what does Dag do to Andy?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Andy tell Dag about a little Japanese girl he lived with in Chapter 29?
2. In Chapter 17, what does Claire describe as her memory of life on earth?
3. What does Claire intend to do with the stick she found on the street in New York?
4. What does Dag do to the Aston Martin convertible that is parked not far from Larry's Bar?
5. What does Andy say is the kiss of death, personality-wise in Chapter 25?
6. What types of people are in attendance at Bunny Hollander's New Year's Eve party?
7. In Chapter 17, what does Dag explain will be his memory of life on earth?
8. How does Andy describe the MacArthurs in Chapter 20?
9. In her story in Chapter 18, what does Elvissa notice about the apartment Curtis is staying at?
10. According to Andy, why will this year's Christmas holiday be different at the Palmer home?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the author of the novel, Douglas Coupland. What is his background and how does it relate to Generation X? Is he a Gen X'er?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss Andy's, Claire's, and Dag's transformation. Do they all grow and transform equally? How do their personal transformations come about? How are their transformations conveyed to the reader? What symbols and metaphors does the author use to illustrate these important events?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the language of the novel. What is the meaning behind the title of the chapters? Discuss the unique language in the novel. How is the language a reflection of the lifestyles and attitudes of the main characters?
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