Naked Lunch 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. Where is the Vigilante sent for his crimes?

2. What does Dr. Benway use to operate on a woman in Chapter 7?

3. What refers to the act or process of ceasing to use an addictive drug?

4. Where does Dr. Benway work on his famous project that encourages a police state and arbitrary punishments are given for everyday offenses?

5. The Vigilante is described as though he were located where in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two nonhuman creatures described by the author in “The Black Meat”?

2. Why do the Sailor and “Fats” Terminal meet in “The Black Meat”? What takes place in their meeting?

3. How does William deal with the deaths of his friends in “The Rube”? Why is this significant?

4. What happens when William Lee meets Miguel in “Lazarus Go Home”?

5. What is symbolized by the Professor’s lecture in “Campus of Interzone University”?

6. How is the plot structure of “And Start West” different from the plot structures of the other vignettes in the novel?

7. What is symbolized by Dr. Benway’s operation in “Hospital”?

8. How does the narrative style and plot structure change in “Hassan’s Rumpus Room”?

9. William looks down on the other passengers of the bus because they do not know anything about the drug subculture but pretend to in “And Start West.” Why is this significant to the novel’s themes?

10. Where is William traveling in the beginning of “The Rube”? How does the Rube die?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Naked Lunch explores several themes, including drugs and homosexuality. How do the drug and homosexual subcultures of the 1950s mix in the novel? How are these related to the other themes?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the setting of Interzone University and the character of the Professor. What does the Professor symbolize in the novel? How is he described?

Essay Topic 3

William’s character is based upon the real life and experiences of author William S. Burroughs. How does the book mirror William S. Burroughs' real life experiences, including running from the law, traveling to exotic locations, and becoming involved in underground drug and homosexual cultures?

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