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

2. What advice did Arthur give Gene about his novel?

3. Arthur is devoted to whom?

4. What does Paul give to Gene one night when they are at a bar?

5. What is Daniel's last name?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the aimless behavior of the characters signify in the book?

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

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

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

7. What is the premise of GO?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Describe the setting at the beginning of the novel. Does the author paint a complete picture for the reader? What, if anything, is missing?

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