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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 Dag think he'll be doing when he dies?
2. In Chapter 25, what does Andy say you have to live with when you're middle class?
3. Where do Claire and Tobias break up?
4. What building does Dag point out to Andy in Chapter 16?
5. Where is Claire heading for Christmas in Chapter 24?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the significance of the title of the story Elvissa tells, "The Boy with the Hummingbird Eyes"?
2. According to Andy, why will this year's Christmas holiday be different at the Palmer home?
3. What does Andy say is the kiss of death, personality-wise in Chapter 25?
4. In Chapter 28, what do we find out was the reason Tobias was attracted to Claire?
5. As he explains in Chapter 29, how does Dag think he will die?
6. What does Dag do to the Aston Martin convertible that is parked not far from Larry's Bar?
7. What does Andy say about his brother Tyler's group of friends, the "Global Teens"?
8. How does Elvissa get her name?
9. How does Andy describe the MacArthurs in Chapter 20?
10. What does Claire intend to do with the stick she found on the street in New York?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the protagonist of Generation X, Andy Palmer. What are his defining character traits? What is he struggling with throughout the narrative? Describe his lifestyle and outlook on life. Is Andy truthful with himself and his friends? How does he progress throughout the novel?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the genre of the novel, literary fiction. What are the elements of this genre? Why is this novel an example of this genre?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the motif of materialism in Generation X. How do the main characters feel about materialism? In what way is materialism connected with the characters' families and the setting of the novel? What is a yuppie?
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