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 Paul cannot concentrate on his book, he goes out because he is ______________.

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

3. Who is Paul's wife?

4. What branch of the service did Paul serve in during World War II?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does the party at Stofsky's apartment serve as a metaphor for?

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

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

The theme of the search for meaning will be an important one in the novel. How does the author begin to build this theme? Give examples of the search for meaning throughout the book.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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