Hopscotch 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. Why does Horacio decide to move in with Gekrepten in Chapter 78?

2. What does Pola wonder as she and Horacio make love in Chapter 101?

3. Who is Horacio thinking about in Chapter 48?

4. Where is Horacio at the very end of the first book?

5. What does Horacio assure Maga regarding Pola in Chapter 108?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the novel end?

2. What is Horacio's state of mind in this section?

3. What task does Morelli give Horacio and Etienne in Chapter 154?

4. How does Horacio get arrested at the Ponts des Arts in Chapter 36?

5. What legal formality takes place in Chapter 51?

6. Describe Manolo and Talia Traveler's lives in Buenos Aires.

7. What do Ronald and Etienne discuss in Chapter 142?

8. Professionally, what changes for Traveler, Horacio and Talita in this section?

9. How is Traveler affected by Horacio in this section?

10. How is the prose style of Chapter 34 unusual?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel of HOPSCOTCH is in many respects a hodgepodge or a mixed media piece. Write an essay exploring the different types of writing that coalesce to tell the narrative. How many different points-of-view are used to tell the story? How many languages? What is the purpose of the constant quotes, lyrics, and newspaper articles? Give several examples of unorthodox structures used to write individual chapters. How do all these different aspects combine to tell a unified story?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the Serpent Club as a collective. Begin the essay by assessing that the Club wants to achieve with its debates, texts, and listening sessions? Who among them typifies this desire? Who is often ostracized in the search for this intellectual extreme? In the second half of the essay, discuss how the Club fails in this pursuit. Describe the last meeting the Club has and analyze what causes them to turn on each other. What have they lost over the course of the first book of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

The fictional guru of Cortazar's Hopscotch is the iconoclast writer Morelli. Morelli at once represents a lofty literary ideal and stands in for Cortazar himself. Write an essay about the character of Morelli, focusing on three parts:

Part 1) Most of Morelli's texts have to do with destroying old literary conventions rather than creating new ones. What conventions does he most pointedly insist be destroyed? Why does he dislike them so intently? How does he think they mar literature?

Part 2) Morelli speaks often in the novel about literature being a surrogate experience. What does this mean? How does Morelli want the reader to relate to the novel? What particularly provocative ideas does Morelli have for achieving this?

Part 3) How is Morelli a fictional stand-in for Julio Cortazar? How are Cortazar's ideas similar to Morelli's? To what extent is Morelli, when the reader meets him in the expendable chapters, writing the novel HOPSCOTCH?

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