The End of the World as We Know It: Scenes from a Life Test | Final 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 celebrities?

2. How old was Goolrick when he was molested?

3. What did Goolrick give a speech about at graduation?

4. What does Goolrick admit about his childhood?

5. What day was bridge day?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the title of this chapter, "Such Charming Hands."

2. What does Goolrick mean by "how did they thrive so long, and then fail" at the end of this chapter?

3. Explain what happened the morning after Goolrick was molested.

4. Describe the events that took place with Roy and Goolrick's brother in the field.

5. Explain Goolrick's graduation speech.

6. Describe the creek and explain why it is "violently sexy".

7. Explain how Goolrick and his siblings coerce their mother into buying things, and how they pay for it.

8. Summarize Goolrick's experiences during kindergarten and first grade.

9. What does Goolrick mean when he says he has spent his life looking for the thing that will make him into whom he wants to be?

10. Explain what happens when Goolrick runs into the boys from school.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the major themes in the novel, and discuss it. Some examples of themes are child abuse, alcoholism, depression, and the lifestyle of the 1950s and 1960s. Include how Goolrick approached the theme, its purpose in the novel, how it was conveyed to the reader, and how the people in the book reacted to the scenarios this theme presented.

Essay Topic 2

In "A Persistence of Song," Goolrick notes that he writes the novel with the hope that he can save one child from molestation. Do you think Goolrick's novel has the power to impact someone enough not to rape a child? Why or why not? Do you think the pain Goolrick's suffers in the novel is enough to convince a pedophile that their actions are not only inappropriate, but that they can ruin a life? Why? Do you think an alcoholic parent might take a moment to think about their actions with their children after reading this book?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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