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 feature of Father do many notice?

2. For which holidays were pageants held?

3. Why was town an exciting place?

4. What is wrong with Mrs. Lackman's son?

5. How did Goolrick's mother use to pay for movies?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain Goolrick's graduation speech.

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

6. Explain what Goolrick means by calling his brother "a sly one" (pg. 124).

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In addition to Goolrick's sexual deviancy, he also developed a severe drinking and drug habit, and eventually, a cutting habit. Explain these addictions in detail. What events led to the origin of the addiction. What feelings did Goolrick associate with the behavior? How did this lead to an addiction? How did the cutting help Goolrick feel as though he were in control? Do you think Goolrick can ever regain control of his emotions and his life? Why or why not?

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