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 does the narrator say a man could do with a mannequin?

2. What does Ambrose think is a disappointment to eat even though they look good?

3. At what age are people when the narrator says some people hit their stride?

4. What is on the floor in the hall after the tumble-barrel room?

5. What does the narrator say giving descriptions with two different senses, such as auditory and visual, can do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ambrose feel about the Funhouse on the way home, and what does Uncle Karl do about the whole affair?

2. What does Ambrose think he sees when he steps into the mirror room in the Funhouse?

3. Describe Uncle Karl and Peter.

4. What church does Ambrose’s family belong to, and why is Ambrose different from most other children in the church? Why did it happen?

5. What happens to Ambrose’s father the first day, and what does his father have to do about it?

6. What is the truth about Magda’s question that Ambrose does not tell her?

7. What was often done in 19th Century fiction to make a work appear real?

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. What gives Ambrose hope that he will find the exit to the Funhouse?

10. Why does Ambrose think people don’t know what to make of him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Humor and jokes are imbedded throughout the text of Lost in the Funhouse. Discuss how Barth uses humor to offset the depression and loneliness that actually pervades Ambrose’s thoughts. 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

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character.

Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not? How can reading a short story such as Lost in the Funhouse help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Lost in the Funhouse?

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