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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 happens to Rivera in his career after his undercover job?
2. Why does Rachel move the hostages outside the caves?
3. What did a farmer originally use the caves to do?
4. What happens to Amanda and Travis?
5. Who joins the group at this meeting?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Catch want to kidnap Jennifer at the end of Chapter 28?
2. Where do Rachel, Augustus, and Gian go at the end of the novel, and what do they do?
3. Why does Robert think he is being arrested, and what, in fact, are the actual charges?
4. What connection does the Nailgun find between the names and dates in Travis' suitcase?
5. Explain what Robert sees when he looks through Jennifer's window. Where has he seen Travis previously?
6. How do Augustus and Gian catch Travis at the end of Chapter 24?
7. Explain what happens to Effrom in Chapter 35.
8. Explain, in detail, why Amanda doesn't tell Effrom she is aware of his smoking and of his watching of women's exercise programs, and what she does to extend his pleasure.
9. Describe Travis and Jennifer's evening after they arrive at her home at the end of Chapter 22.
10. What does Rachel tell Travis when he calls him at Jennifer's?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the novel, the lives of the characters prove to be connected in ways they do not understand. Amanda and Travis are connected through their night on the train, Nailsworth is involved with Roxanne, who is Billy, who has been eaten by Catch, and so forth. Rivera is asked to check on Roxanne, and is connected with Robert and The Breeze through an impending drug bust. This interconnectedness appears to suggest an order for the universe, which is in direct contrast to Augustus' belief in chaos.
Using examples from the book, explain which view of the universe you believe the novel represents. Are the situations in the novel chaotic in nature, or based on an orderly undercurrent? Why do you believe this is the case? What does this say about the author's view of the universe? Does this coincide with the religious undertones of the novel? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
There are several references to pop culture in the novel. The author creates humor by contrasting horrific or difficult situations with an everyday, commonplace interaction. Choose one reference which shows such characteristics and analyze it. What is the reference? Which characters are involved? How does the author's use of such a reference lighten the situation? Do you believe the result is successful?
Essay Topic 3
Women are portrayed in several ways in the novel. Jennifer herself is portrayed as a tolerant wife, a powerful, natural woman, a desirable woman who cares how she looks, and as a powerful woman. Rachel moves throughout the story from an abused wife to a seductive, power-seeking femme fatale. Mavis is also a strong female character, as is Amanda. Discuss at least two of these characters at length. Make sure to touch on their progress throughout the novel, their appearance, their role throughout the novel, and how their society views them in relation to the events of the novel.
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