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. Why is Gene mad at the girl in #26?

2. Who is trying to kick a morphine habit?

3. Waters raves that time is a/an __________________.

4. Why is Stofsky disenchanted with his therapist lately?

5. How long have Paul and Kathryn been married?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the author show that Kathryn is more mature than Paul?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Paul Hobbes. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him during his lifetime?

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

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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