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 old was Goolrick when he was molested?

2. What was Goolrick the first May Day play?

3. What did brother want mother to say before he ate his dinner?

4. What did Goolrick's brother claim to do in one day?

5. Whom does Goolrick tell the following morning?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Goolrick mean when he points out that they boys thought he was one of them?

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

5. Describe Mrs. Lackman's son.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Goolrick's mother clearly knew her husband had sexually molested their son at the age of four. Discuss her reaction. What did she do? Why do you think she acted this way? How did she behave in the days following the event? How did her inner fear poison her feelings for Goolrick? What should she have done? Why do you think she didn't?

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

Foreshadowing is used heavily in the novel, as Goolrick flips between historical memory and current fact to weave together his painful memoir. Choose three examples of foreshadowing, and discuss them in depth in terms of how they were used to indicate what was to come later in the novel.

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