The Humans: A Novel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 book does the narrator see on Gulliver’s bed?

2. What does the narrator learn from questioning Gulliver?

3. What delusion does the narrator think humans have?

4. What assumption in his audience does the narrator seek to overturn?

5. What is the narrator’s first experience on Earth?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator explain the Riemann Hypothesis, and what does he say Andrew Martin discovered about it?

2. What does the narrator tell Daniel Russell before he kills him?

3. Who does the narrator meet in the cafeteria in the jail?

4. How does the narrator characterize Andrew Martin’s relationship with Gulliver, his son?

5. What is the narrator’s first experience of food and drink like?

6. What is happening in the first scene the narrator describes in his narrative?

7. What is the narrator’s relationship with pain like?

8. What is the narrator’s rhetorical stance in The Humans?

9. Who are the main characters the narrator introduces at the beginning of the novel?

10. How does the narrator define beauty for humans?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When is The Humans most itself? What is its characteristic passage, or moment? What makes that moment or passage the most representative of the book as a whole? Are there any places where the book seems to depart from its typical self, as if to become a different book?

Essay Topic 2

How would The Humans be different if it were set in the U.S.? In the Middle East? In Asia? In another country?

Essay Topic 3

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

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