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 that he can never forgive himself for when his mother dies?

2. How does she suggest they win at the game against the other patients?

3. How long does Goolrick spend in the hospital?

4. What disease does Goolrick's mother have?

5. What caused Goolrick to end his relationship with his male lover?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe mother's appearance.

3. Describe the event with mother's blue and green striped dress.

4. Explain why Goolrick's parents were so angry with him for writing his first book.

5. Describe the situation when Goolrick tried to help his mother with a wound on her elbow.

6. Explain the situation when Teddy calls.

7. Describe the environment Goolrick experienced as a child.

8. Describe the dinner at Judy Judy's, including her collection, and the food, as well as the people attending.

9. Describe Goolrick's relationship with his male lover.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain, in detail, why the burned dress of Goolrick's mother made such an impact on him in "Burn." What did the dresses symbolize to Goolrick, and therefore, what did the damaged dress symbolize? Did Goolrick ever determine what was lost in his family? If so, what was it? If not, what do you think was missing in Goolrick's family?

Essay Topic 2

It is clear that Goolrick has developed, over the years, a deviant sense of sexuality. How is this displayed in the novel? What sexual experiences does Goolrick discuss from his early youth and his teenage years that show this deviance? How do these events tie into Goolrick's fear in his teens that he was sexually poisonous, and that his touch would kill others? Why did his masturbation become such an important event to him, and how did that event become frightening and painful? How do you think this effected his overall sexuality later in life?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the school system Goolrick participated in as a kindergarten and first grade student. Be sure to include information about the teacher, the classrooms, learning environments, social environments, any special events, and the impact those issues had on Goolrick and possibly the other children.

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