Portnoy's Complaint 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 does the protagonist worry he will catch from Bubbles?

2. What does the Monkey fantasize about on the drive back after their trip?

3. How old is the girl whom the main character has his first sexual experience?

4. What name had the narrator picked for himself out of the Essex County phone book?

5. How long was the narrator with the Monkey?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator say about his resentment for his Jewishness and shikses in Chapter 4?

2. How did Alex feel about having "a real" relationship with the Monkey?

3. Where did Alex go on a trip with Kay? What does Alex say about his experience with Kay's family?

4. What story does Alex tell of the Monkey with the married couple?

5. What, according to the narrator, are the worst sins he has committed in Chapter 4?

6. What attracts Alex to Naomi? How does he express his feelings for her?

7. What does Alex say about the photo of Jesus in Bubbles's house?

8. What does Alex remark about Israel?

9. What does the memories of the Monkey conjure in Alex's memory in Chapter 4?

10. What does the narrator say about the Monkey's life story in Chapter 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of Guilt/Shame in the novel. How does this relate to the narrator's feelings of rebellion? Where does this emotion resonate the most in the narrator? How does this affect his actions in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of bigotry and racism in Portnoy's Complaint. Which characters embody racist traits? How does the narrator relate these? How does this affect the narrator's career choice?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of religion in Portnoy's Complaint. How does the narrator express his issues with Judaism? What are his feelings toward Christianity? How does religion tie into the other themes in the novel?

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