Naked Lunch Test | Final 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 room number does the Lieutenant say William Lee is staying in?

2. Who tells the story of a boy who literally cuts “a piece of ass” from a prostitute?

3. What word refers to a castrated man or boy?

4. Who is trying to have his case heard in Chapter 16?

5. During their search of William, what do the inspector’s analyze?

Short Essay Questions

1. What allegorical elements are seen in “Ordinary Men and Women”?

2. Why is Carl Peterson called for a doctor’s appointment in “The Examination”? Who sees him?

3. What is symbolized through William’s description of the Island and the Zone?

4. What is symbolized by the courthouse and court system in “The County Clerk”?

5. How does the narrative perspective change in the courtroom scenes in the novel? What effect does this have?

6. How does the narrative style and plot evolve in “The Algebra of Need”?

7. How is the city of Interzone described?

8. How does Dr. Schafer differ from Dr. Benway?

9. Why is William Lee unable to get his case heard in “The County Clerk”?

10. What is William’s case metaphorical of in “The County Clerk”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the character of “Fats” Terminal. How is the character of “Fats” Terminal described by William? What is the relationship between William, “Fats” Terminal and the Sailor? What kind of drugs are the Sailor and “Fats” Terminal discussing in the reading?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the pop culture influences of Naked Lunch. What musicians and bands have named themselves from characters or events in the novel? What does this say about the novel’s impact on American subculture and mainstream culture?

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