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. How did the family give others Christmas presents?

2. What does Goolrick do with the girl next door?

3. What happened to brother at college?

4. What are the Goolrick children not allowed to say, much less eat?

5. Why is George Hazelwood the leader of the gang?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what happened when Goolrick was a boy, when he was invited to a sleep over at the McClouds.

2. Explain Goolrick's story of his "real" parents.

3. Explain the confrontation between Goolrick and his mother in the first grade.

4. Describe why Goolrick was compelled to masturbate, in terms of how it made him feel and how it allowed him to escape.

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

6. Explain Mrs. Lackman's process for bathroom breaks, and why it doesn't work with the children.

7. Explain what happened to Goolrick when he was four years old.

8. Describe what happened when Goolrick's brother refused to eat when they were children.

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Compare and contrast Goolrick's experiences with female lovers to his experiences with male lovers. Be sure to include not only the primary lovers, but also those obscure lovers Goolrick mentions throughout the novel, such as the girl next door and the boy who practiced sex on him. How did he feel about his male lovers? His female lovers? What do you think caused these differences? Do you think Goolrick is homosexual, bisexual, or merely a sexual deviant as a result of his experiences?

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