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 note about people in comas?

2. For how long did Goolrick's peaceful relationship with his sister-in-law last?

3. Why did Goolrick's mother and father die?

4. What did Goolrick's parents bring with them when they came down for brother's surgery?

5. What did mother make at the end of month when they were short on money?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe details about the mental hospital.

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

5. Describe how Goolrick's friend attempted suicide.

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

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

8. Describe Dodo.

9. Describe how brother comes out of the coma.

10. Describe the circumstances that led to brother's CAT scan which revealed the aneurysm.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

When Goolrick's father dies, Goolrick admits he had planned on feeling relief, but instead felt grief. Why do you think Goolrick felt anything, considering what his father did to him? What do you think Goolrick was likely truly grieving for? Based on the final chapter of the novel, how did Goolrick feel about his father? Was he a monster? Why or why not? Did Goolrick hate him, or feel sorry for him? Why? How do you think you would have felt in his situation?

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