Go: A Novel 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. Who does Paul fall in love with when he returns to Columbia after his military discharge?

2. What is Paul's last name?

3. Stofsky's party is full of ____________________.

4. Why is Stofsky disenchanted with his therapist lately?

5. What is Gene's last name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene where Stofsky goes to see Waters in his flat and is picked up by the asylum attendants.

2. What does the conversation regarding infidelity reveal about Paul and Kathryn's marriage?

3. What is the premise of GO?

4. What are some of the ways in which Stofsky searches for meaning in his life?

5. What do Paul and Kathryn realize about their marriage and their life as they recover from the party the next day?

6. Why is Pasternak standing in front of Christine's house when Stofsky and Hobbes try to find him in the bars?

7. Why do the characters at the party revel in the excitement of it?

8. How does the fight between the two men over a woman serve as a metaphor for what may lie ahead for Paul and Kathryn?

9. How does the budding romance between Pasternak and Christine begin to mirror that of Paul and Kathryn's marriage?

10. What does the aimless behavior of the characters signify in the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the setting at the beginning of the novel. Does the author paint a complete picture for the reader? What, if anything, is missing?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Holmes' writing style. How is he different from other writers of his time? What are some of his characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of his classic style in GO: A NOVEL.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Holmes' use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where he did.

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