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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. With whom is the woman in #123 in love?
2. How much money does Stofsky leave for Verger?
3. What does Albert do in Stofsky's apartment during the hours when he is awake?
4. What had a friend recently sent to Stofsky's post office box?
5. Who is killed in the subway?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Agatson's death demonstrate the futility of the lives of all the characters?
2. How do Paul and Pasternak feel about the tension between them regarding Pasternak's affair with Kathryn?
3. How does Hart's past behavior foreshadow trouble for the group?
4. Why is Paul unaware of his true feelings about Kathryn?
5. After the exhaustion of Hart's wildness, what does Paul begin to think about regarding another way of finding meaning in his life?
6. Instead of their immature treatment of Kathryn, what is really important to Paul and Pasternak?
7. Why is the Go Hole not a place that Stofsky and some other characters do not feel comfortable going?
8. How does the author use foreshadowing in Agatson's invitation to his "last birthday" party?
9. What is the metaphor of both Hart and Pasternak wanting a road trip at this point in time?
10. How does Stofsky try to mend the group after the departure of Hart and Pasternak?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does Holmes use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of regret. Identify at least two examples about regret in the book. Then explain how each example supports the theme of regret.
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