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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. The book addresses a group of young people commonly called ________________.

2. Stofsky's party is full of ____________________.

3. Where has Kathryn gone for the weekend so that Paul can write?

4. Who arrives at Waters' apartment?

5. While reading poetry, Stofsky wonders if he is having a wonderful experience or ___________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Agatson's verbal attack on Verger mean and why does May even defend Agatson?

2. Why is Agatson's party the worst one in the entire novel?

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

4. What is the metaphor of both Hart and Pasternak wanting a road trip at this point in time?

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

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

7. What Biblical allusions can be drawn about Stofsky's selflessness and loving behavior?

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

9. What is the real reason for Paul's irritation toward Pasternak, who is sleeping late in Paul's apartment?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author begins the story in the present day and tells the story through some flashbacks. Why did he choose to tell his story this way? In what way is a flashback technique more interesting for a reader? In what ways is it more complicated?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of regret. Identify at least two examples about regret in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of regret.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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