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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 advice did Arthur give Gene about his novel?

2. Stofsky has now decided to believe in _________________.

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

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

5. Who does Paul fall in love with when he returns to Columbia after his military discharge?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Jack Waters' Existential thoughts not taken seriously?

2. How are Paul and Kathryn at odds regarding their different emotional needs?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Paul's letter to someone named Liza signify for the plot?

10. What is an example of how the post-war search for meaning is taking on toll on people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Stofsky spends some alone time throughout the novel to contemplate his life. What does he think about? What conclusions does he arrive at? Explain why he is in a contemplative mood at this point in time.

Essay Topic 3

Holmes is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony. Briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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