Snow Crash 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. What does Y.T. fling at the computer screen?

2. Of what does the center of the Raft consist?

3. Where did the armless avatar go?

4. How does Y.T. agree to split the proceeds of the intel she provides?

5. What kind of motorcycle did Hiro want?

Short Essay Questions

1. What things are revealed in Chapter 20 to make Raven a more formidable adversary than previously realized?

2. Other than Hiro's ability with computers and programming, we see that he has other skills that are revealed in Chapter 11. What are they?

3. In Chapter 38 we see what we would consider violations to our right to privacy. What does Y.T.'s mother put up with working for the Feds?

4. What are some possible reasons that Y.T. might feel uncomfortable around the people of Griffith Park and the Falabalas?

5. What is a Nam-Shub?

6. More ethnic stereotyping is revealed in Chapter 40. How do people from the New South Africa franchise treat Hiro?

7. In Chapter 33, we learn more about Enki and his history. What is notable to Hiro?

8. What are Avatars?

9. Who is Da5id?

10. What is revealed in Y.T.'s relationship to her mom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Snow Crash is referred to as three different things. What are they and how do they differ? In what way are they the same? For each of them, find a real life equivalent. Compare and contrast them.

Essay Topic 2

The Crips are actually an L.A. based gang. Discuss reasons why such a role would be occupied by a gang that exists in the real world. Discuss the use of this group of characters and what it reflects upon their society.

Essay Topic 3

There is one character that is really round, or realistic, in this novel. Describe this character and what makes him/her a finished character. Why are his/her motives realistic? By comparison, what is the flattest, or most unrealistic character?

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