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. On what day does Fats siphon himself into The Plaza?

2. What had Hauser been doing when the Lieutenant called him with his assignment?

3. Where does William warn people to stay away from?

4. A junky, even at the Sailor’s level, runs on what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What shift takes place in the plot structure of the novel in “Hauser and O’Brien”?

2. How is A.J. described in “Islam Incorporated and the Parties of Interzone”?

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

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

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

6. What is the point of the absurdity in “Islam Incorporated and the Parties of Interzone”?

7. Why do Hauser and O’Brien pay a visit to William Lee in the novel?

8. What happens after Carl falls asleep in the doctor’s office in “The Examination”?

9. What do the different political groups symbolize in “Islam Incorporated and the Parties of Interzone”?

10. Mary is both an observer and a participant in “A.J.’s Annual Party,” whereas the male characters are only participants. What does this say about the author’s views of female sexuality?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss William’s views on America, based upon the novel. What is the significance of the Star Spangled Banner appearing amongst William’s hallucinations? What is said about the President of the United States? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the character of Joselito and the history of tuberculosis and its treatment. What are the principle two options for Joselito’s medical treatment in the narrative? What are the pros and cons of each form of treatment?

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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