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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How is the 'The Gospel According to Larry' set up?
(a) As a disjointed pile of notes.
(b) Like a series of newspaper articles.
(c) Like a term paper.
(d) As a series of letters.

2. What are Tashjian's feelings about the manuscript?
(a) She thinks it is a good start but needs a lot of work.
(b) She thinks it is not ready for publication yet.
(c) She thinks it is important and should be published.
(d) She thinks it is dangerous, and should be handed over to the police.

3. What is Josh's response to what Tashjian tells him?
(a) That he can't protect people from themselves.
(b) That he needs to be honest.
(c) That he can't be responsible for other people's feelings.
(d) That he only has one life to live.

4. Where does the quote at the opening of Part 1 come from?
(a) The Book of Mark.
(b) 'Walden'.
(c) The Book of Luke.
(d) The book of John.

5. What does Josh expect to study in college?
(a) He does not expect to go to college.
(b) Music.
(c) Philosophy.
(d) Religion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What claim do people make about Josh Swensen?

2. Where does the epigraph for part 2 come from?

3. What does Josh realize he forgot to tell Beth?

4. What is the term for the discussion of death?

5. Where does Josh go to visit with his mother's spirit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Beth asking Josh to do when the novel opens?

2. How does Josh's personal life intrude on Larry's sermons?

3. What is Tashjian's response to Josh's story?

4. What is Josh's answer when Tashjian warns him that publishing the book will renew his troubles?

5. What motivated Josh to adopt an anti-consumerist message?

6. How are Tashjian and the boy in contact?

7. Where does Josh go for a 'whole new level of solitude' when he wants to think?

8. What does Beth give Josh on the anniversary of his mother's death?

9. Why hasn't Josh told Beth that he is Larry?

10. Who is Janet Tashjian?

(see the answer keys)

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