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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. What does Clay remember about his last Christmas in Palm Springs?

2. In what state does Clay attend college?

3. Where does Muriel hide out while at Kim's house?

4. Who says, "But I don't like Bandarasta. He's always calling me 'Halloween' for some reason. I don't like to be called 'Halloween.' I don't like it at all."

5. At the start of the Part 4, why do Clay and Blair go to Kim's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Clay remember about the time he spent in Palm Springs for his grandfather's birthday?

2. What memory of Palm Springs does Clay think about as he is swimming laps in the pool?

3. What does Clay do when he arrives home? Why does he do this?

4. Describe Clay's lunch with his father.

5. What does Clay do to try to get more information about Julian from his friend Evan? What does Evan tell Clay about Julian?

6. After meeting with Julian, how does Clay spend the remainder of his day?

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

8. What happens to Clay when he leaves Spago to go to the club After Hours with Blair and Trent?

9. What does Clay do before his date with Blair in Part 7? What do they do on their date? What happens when they go to Spago?

10. Where does Clay go after leaving the club After Hours and who does he go with? What happens when he gets there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Death" is an important theme in the novel and Clay seems to be obsessed with it. Why is Clay obsessed with death? How does he show his obsession with death? What role does "death" play in the novel? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

What are Clay's reasons for visiting his psychiatrist during his vacation? What role does Clay's visits to his psychiatrist play in the novel? Why is it necessary for Clay to visit his psychiatrist? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

How does Clay express his compassion? Provide at least three examples. Does he only express his compassion during certain times? Please use specific examples from the book.

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