The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman: 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 is the name of the mayor's daughter?

2. The Professor tells Desiderio in Chapter 4, The Acrobats of Desire that the peep show objects were created by whom?

3. Desiderio discovers in Chapter 2, The Mansion of Midnight that the peepshow proprietor was Dr. Hoffman's what?

4. Which man among the circus people does Desiderio befriend in Chapter 4, The Acrobats of Desire?

5. Who does the Professor say was kicked out of school in Chapter 4, The Acrobats of Desire?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is not seemingly affected by Dr. Hoffman's machines in Chapter 1, The City Under Siege?

2. What does Desiderio expect of his engagement in Chapter 3, The River People? What reality does he find?

3. Who takes in Desiderio in Chapter 3, The River People? What is his impression of these people?

4. Why have the villagers invited the carnival to their town at the last stop in Chapter 4, The Acrobats of Desire? What does Desiderio do there?

5. How are the Acrobats of Desire described? What is their act like?

6. Who does Desiderio go to for advice regarding his engagement in Chapter 3, The River People? What happens?

7. What "hallucination" does Desiderio experience in Chapter 2, The Mansion of Midnight?

8. Where does Desiderio go after talking with the Professor in Chapter 2, The Mansion of Midnight? Why? Where does he stay?

9. Who introduces the novel in the Introduction? What does the narrator establish from the past?

10. Who raised Desiderio? How did his heritage shape his character?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the central character in the story, Desiderio. What is notable about Desiderio's heritage? What happened to his parents?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the motif of cannibalism in the narrative. What is the symbolic meaning of the examples of cannibalism in the story? How does it relate to the novel's themes?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Desiderio's sexual relationships in Chapter 3, The River People. How do Aoi and her grandmother fit into the novel's themes? How do they represent female gender roles?

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