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 long has Goolrick lived alone?

2. What did Goolrick's father stop doing nearly entirely?

3. What does Mrs. Lackman do to the young man who accidentally wets himself?

4. How did the family give others Christmas presents?

5. What does Goolrick note about celebrities?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Goolrick make clear in this chapter about his grandmother?

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

3. Explain what happens when Goolrick tells his mother about the blood when he goes to the bathroom.

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

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

6. Describe Goolrick's reply to George's threat.

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

8. Explain how cream was used to make butter in the classroom.

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

10. Describe Mrs. Lackman's son.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Goolrick admits to constantly seeking satisfaction, love, affection, and acceptance, through drugs, alcohol, sex, and material possessions. Discuss these issues in detail. Why did Goolrick always feel he was not complete? Why did he use alcohol and drugs? What was he trying to hide? Why did he stop allowing others to love him, and stop loving others, as well? Do you think all his issues are related to his childhood trauma, or are these issues related to a lifetime of abuse? Do you think that lifetime of abuse would have occurred if the molestation had not happened? Why or why not?

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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