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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 Kathryn irritated at Paul when she returns home from work?

2. Why does Kathryn not want to go to David's party?

3. Paul feels guilty when Kathryn comes home and begins to _________________.

4. Kathryn is _________________ older than Paul.

5. David says that Paul's monster is _____________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is Pasternak standing in front of Christine's house when Stofsky and Hobbes try to find him in the bars?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holmes is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony. Briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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