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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 Paul annoyed with Gene at the beginning of the novel?

2. Stofsky's party is full of ____________________.

3. What is the topic of an argument between Paul and Kathryn?

4. What is Paul's last name?

5. Stofsky has now decided to believe in _________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Chapter 2 reveal about Paul and Kathryn's marriage and the strain that Paul's hopeful writing career places on it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Explain Holmes' use of regionalism in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of regionalism and explain why the author used them where he did.

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