Lost in the Funhouse 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. What kind of tattoo does Uncle Karl have?

2. How does Magda peel a banana?

3. What does Ambrose wish for at the end of the story?

4. Why didn’t Ambrose swim?

5. Why is Ocean City browned out?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ambrose feel after what he sees at the boardwalk, and what does he want to do? What comment does Magda make about Ambrose’s condition?

2. Why are the prizes different on the broken machines at the arcade?

3. What does Ambrose decide is the whole point of being in Ocean City, and how does he see Ocean City when he figures this out?

4. What does Ambrose do after Magda and Peter leave the Funhouse?

5. How does Ambrose know Magda and Peter have exited the Funhouse?

6. How do the people in the car pass the time during the trip?

7. What does Ambrose imagine about his son and what he might say to the boy?

8. What does Ambrose do because he is so nervous about going in the Funhouse with Magda and what does the ticket woman say to Magda?

9. Where does Ambrose go after dinner? What is he looking for and what does he see?

10. In which section of the Funhouse does Ambrose take Magda’s arm, and why does he take her arm?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During the car ride Ambrose remembers a time when, three years previously, Peter, Magda and himself played Niggers and Masters.

Discuss how the game relates to the era and place in which this story takes place. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven or action driven? Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why? Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character are developed to the same degree? Why or why not? What type of plot do you think Lost in the Funhouse is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Often, authors will write about what they know, and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the story more interesting. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of John Barth. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her short stories? Why or why not? Give examples. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Barth's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the short story and discuss Barth's probable agenda concerning that idea.

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