Less than Zero 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. After leaving Kim's house, what does Clay do when he arrives home?

2. What did Clay do the day after he and his sisters were in Palm Springs?

3. How is Clay dressed when he leaves Griffin's house?

4. What does Clay and his regular group of friends do on Christmas Eve?

5. How long has Clay been away at school in Part 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part 8, what is Daniel doing when Clay goes to visit him? What does Daniel want to talk about with Clay?

2. Describe the scene of the party that Clay attends with Trent at the start of Part 2. What happens at the party? Who is at the party?

3. What surprise does Rip have awaiting Trent and Clay in his apartment? What is wrong with his surprise?

4. Describe the scene at Julian's house on King's Road when Clay arrives.

5. What does Clay do on New Year's Eve night? Who does he spend it with? What happens?

6. Describe Clay's visit with the psychiatrist in Part 6 of the book.

7. Why does Clay go to the Roxy? Why is Rip upset while at the club?

8. Why does Clay meet up with Julian at the arcade? What news does Julian have for Clay?

9. What secret does Clay uncover about his friend Julian while visiting with Finn?

10. Why does Clay visit Muriel? What happens during his visit with Muriel? What happens after his visit with Muriel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does Blair mean when she says, "People are afraid to merge onto the freeway in Los Angeles" to Clay? What is the significance of this statement? Why does Clay focus on this statement so intensely? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

How does the title of the novel, Less Than Zero, represent the story in the book? What does the title of the novel say about the characters? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

The characters are all children of privilege with enormous amounts of money to buy almost anything they desire; however, none of them have a sense of connection with their parents. What type of relationship do the characters have with their parents? How do the children interact with their parents? Why is there no connection between the children and their parents? Please use specific examples from the book.

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