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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. Where does the phone number on the lawyer's letter ring?

2. Why does Alex question the existence of the lawyer?

3. Where does Kennedy go after speaking with Alex?

4. What is the Demolished Man?

5. What does Alex tell Mariko when she returns from the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Alex tell Joanna about love and how does she feel about his assertions? What might this conversation establish for the reader?

2. Who is Mariko Inamura to Joanna and what does she suggest to Joanna?

3. What does Alex realize about Joanna when he keeps thinking about her?

4. What do you think Alex feels about Joanna despite his cynicism?

5. What does Mariko tell Alex about Joanna and men?

6. Who comes to the hospital and sits with Wayne and why do you think this person does that?

7. How does Joanna wake from her recurring nightmare? How often does she have it and why do you think she will not do anything about it?

8. Describe what happens in Joanna's session with Inamura.

9. Why does Joanna run from Nijo Castle and what does she do after she gets outside?

10. What evidence does Joanna show Alex and what does he do with it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alex and Joanna read the newspaper clippings about Rotenhausen. They learn that Rotenhausen is a brilliant scientist who developed a brainwashing technique that was considered revolutionary. However, Rotenhausen lost popularity and government support when he suggested the techniques should be used to control entire populations.

1. After researching the term "hackney" discuss why the caricature of a brilliant, but insane scientist could be considered hackney. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Many books, especially in the science fiction genre have been written on controlling the population of the world. Discuss why a government or individual would want to control the population.

3. Discuss, in depth, what human rights would be violated with population control and why it is not a moral idea.

Essay Topic 2

Joanna has another panic attack due to Alex's story about Lisa Chelgrin. It gets better when Joanna decides not to see Alex again, suggesting Joanna's panic attack is an emotional barrier against emotional connections, a suggestion that is further confirmed when Mariko tells Alex that Joanna almost always has panic attacks when she feels a man is getting too close.

1. After research, discuss Joanna's behavior during her panic attacks and whether you believe her panic attacks are what would be considered classic panic attacks.

2. Why do you think Joanna decides not to see Alex again? Do you think her decision is based on denial of the possible real reasons for her panic attacks? Why or why not?

3. In real life many people, male and female, have a tendency to have negative reactions when they begin to get too close to someone. Discuss why you think a person would want to push someone away because they might be afraid of intimacy, or they might not feel good enough for the person or they are afraid of eventual rejection. These are all common reactions to intimacy. Include in your discussion whether you think Joanna's reaction is based on any of these reasons.

Essay Topic 3

Joanna encourages Mariko to explore a relationship with Wayne despite the Japanese mindset that is against these types of relationships.

1. After doing research on Japanese culture and women, discuss the ways in which Mariko adheres to gender expectations and ways in which she doesn't.

2. The Japanese culture is against any relationship which involves a Japanese person and a person of another ethnic race or culture. Why do you think a culture would evolve such a stricture? Do you think that informal expectation has changed with the shrinking of the world through the internet and easy travel between parts of the world?

3. Discuss why you believe Mariko should follow her heart and not her culture. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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