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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 does Kathryn later tell Paul when she calls him from work?

2. Who is interested in the woman in #22 at the party?

3. Where does Gene live with his parents?

4. What is the setting of GO?

5. What university did Paul attend?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why are the characters unable to find any clarity or purpose to their lives?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Create a brief character study of Kathryn Hobbes. What does she look like? What are her positive personality traits? What are some of her negative characteristics? What are her hopes and fears? What motivates her during her lifetime?

Essay Topic 3

How does Holmes use the literary technique of local color in GO: A NOVEL? What elements comprise local color? Give some examples of the local color in Manhattan establishments, in the characters, and in the events.

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