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. Who pursues Desiderio in Chapter 2, The Mansion of Midnight?

2. Who is offered in marriage to Desiderio in Chapter 3, The River People?

3. Who told the Professor to take in Desiderio in Chapter 4, The Acrobats of Desire?

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

5. What do the father and brothers of the girl in Nao-Kurai's story do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Minister do in Chapter 1, The City Under Siege to fight the machines?

3. Who does Desiderio find floating in the river in Chapter 2, The Mansion of Midnight? What discovery does this lead to?

4. Where does Desiderio go after leaving the Acrobats of Desire? What does he find in the purse?

5. What realization does Desiderio reach in the end of Chapter 3, The River People? How does he escape?

6. What does Desiderio learn from the Professor in Chapter 4, The Acrobats of Desire about the peep show?

7. What leads to Desiderio's being hailed a hero among the River People?

8. How does Desiderio begin to integrate into his new society in Chapter 3, The River People?

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

10. Who sends an Ambassador in Chapter 1, The City Under Siege? What is Desiderio's reaction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 interaction with Mary Anne. What causes the protagonist's confusion about the situation? What does Desiderio discover?

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