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 was Goolrick the first May Day play?

2. What does Goolrick suddenly hear as George is threatening him?

3. What did Lackman bake for Butter Day?

4. What did Goolrick's father do in one of the pageants?

5. What does mother threaten to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain that pageants of Mrs. Lackman's classes.

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Mrs. Lackman's son.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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.

-Father

-Mother

-Grandmother

-Goolrick

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