The End of the World as We Know It: Scenes from a Life Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Goolrick
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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 Goolrick do on his thirty-fifth birthday?

2. How does the other person try suicide?

3. What does Judy collect?

4. What therapy does the other person endure in the hospital?

5. What are the two wings in the insane asylum?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Goolrick's parents as he describes them by the end of the chapter.

2. Describe how brother comes out of the coma.

3. Explain what Goolrick meant when he said "things took on a magical quality" (pg 104).

4. Describe the game Goolrick and his brother used to play as children, and the consequences.

5. Describe the area where Mother and Father are buried.

6. Explain what Goolrick means when he talks about the mystery of how most people carry on.

7. Describe how mother came to own a mink coat.

8. Explain why Goolrick is surprised at his emotions following his father's death.

9. Explain the situation that led to Goolrick's cutting behaviors.

10. Describe mother's appearance.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following chapters / sections of the novel, and analyze it, in depth. What was it included in the book? What was the point of the section? What does the section discuss? How is this important to the overall themes presented in the novel?

- Aunt Dodo

- The volleyball match at the hospital

- The Cowboy Sandwich

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following characters who was aware of the molestation of Goolrick and discuss, in detail, how the character knew, how they reacted, what they should have done, and possible reasons for their behaviors. This examination is to be in depth. Use information gleaned not only from "Such Charming Hands" but from the explanations in the rest of the novel of the person's everyday characteristics.





Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the environment in which Goolrick was raised to the current social environment. What are similarities? What are differences? How do you think these might have contributed to his parent's alcoholism? How did the environment contribute to the molestation of Goolrick by his father? Do you think Goolrick's life would have been different in today's society? How?

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