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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. Arthur is devoted to whom?

2. What nationality is Kathryn?

3. What does Stofsky do when the people in #52 arrive?

4. Kathryn is _________________ older than Paul.

5. Who is trying to kick a morphine habit?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are psychotherapy and writing compared and which seems to help the characters in the book?

2. What is the premise of GO?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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