The Moviegoer 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 usually doesn't last for John?

2. Why are Lonnie and John jealous of Duval?

3. What community of people does John relate to?

4. What body part is in pain after the accident?

5. How is Emily related to John?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kate reveal to John about her happiest day?

2. Where does John live?

3. Why is Lonnie fasting?

4. What does Sharon try to establish about the trip?

5. Where do the two decide to go once at the Gulf Coast and why is John surprised when they arrive?

6. What does John begin to plan on his way back to the office?

7. What does John suffer from?

8. What does John do in order to escape from his life?

9. How does John feel about Walter, Kate's fiance?

10. Who does John feel that he has fallen in love with?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While the women in John's life obviously make demands of him, the men seem to impose little on John. What is the deeper connection between John and the following characters:

- Lonnie

- John's father

- Harold

Essay Topic 2

The theme of death is very prevalent throughout the novel, with characters wishing they were dead or actually trying to kill themselves:

1. Name three times where death is brought up in the novel. Describe the three situations and which characters are involved.

2. Why do you think the characters in the book are obsessed with death? Explain their thought processes.

3. Compare John's escape into television and movies with Kate and Lonnie's wish to escape this world. How are they different and how are they the same?

Essay Topic 3

Kate claims that she wanted to feel numb when she took all the sleeping pills. Compare the feeling of numbness with the excitement that Kate feels when she goes to Chicago.

As the novel ends, does Kate give up on her search for independence? Or is she only willing to have a certain kind of independence?

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