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. When Stofsky goes to see Waters, Waters desperately wants ________________.

2. Gene tactfully does not mention Paul's _____________________.

3. What does Paul give to Gene one night when they are at a bar?

4. What is Bill's last name?

5. Kathryn feels that she is the one who ____________________ in the marriage.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the premise of GO?

2. What is the significance of Paul Hobbes writing a love letter at the beginning of the novel?

3. How does the frantic behavior of the characters undermine their relationships with each other?

4. How does Paul's lack of self-awareness drive the attachments he makes in his life?

5. What lessons does Kathryn learn regarding her father and his death?

6. How does Pasternak show his immaturity regarding Georgia and his still living with his parents?

7. Why is it not out of place for someone like Stofsky to talk about psychological issues during this time period?

8. Who is Christine and why is she in contrast to the other characters?

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

10. Why are Paul and Kathryn at odds about his writing career and her job?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Restlessness takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 2

Holmes uses beautifully descriptive language in the book to help his readers see his world from his perspective. Without referring to the book, describe Manhattan using only your recall of Holmes' descriptions. How do you visualize the city of Manhattan now that you have read Holmes' GO: A NOVEL?

Essay Topic 3

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

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