Go: A Novel Test | Final 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. Stofsky calls his letters from Ketcham and Verger ______________________.

2. Why does Hart need to borrow money from Paul?

3. Who of the following is NOT going to the West Coast?

4. What term does Paul explain to the woman in #136?

5. What happens when Paul tries to make love to the woman in #136?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author use foreshadowing in Agatson's invitation to his "last birthday" party?

2. How does Stofsky hope to help his friends with his spiritual awakening?

3. How do Paul and Pasternak feel about the tension between them regarding Pasternak's affair with Kathryn?

4. Why does Paul feel the need to call Estelle?

5. What does Hart's misbehavior highlight regarding love and the need to protect relationships?

6. What is the metaphor of both Hart and Pasternak wanting a road trip at this point in time?

7. How does Agatson's death demonstrate the futility of the lives of all the characters?

8. What does Agatson's verbal attack on Verger mean and why does May even defend Agatson?

9. After the exhaustion of Hart's wildness, what does Paul begin to think about regarding another way of finding meaning in his life?

10. What do Paul and Kathryn realize at the end of the story?

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 David Stofsky. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him during his lifetime?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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