The Lunatic Cafe 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. After Anita's meeting with Elvira, Burt explains that Kaspar wants to hire Anita for what reason?

2. In the movie Edward shows to Anita, what is unusual about the second man seen?

3. What sort of movie does Edward show to Anita in his hotel room?

4. What sort of preternatural creature is Richard?

5. When Anita arrives home after leaving the crime scene, why is Irving waiting for her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What weapon does Alfred find when he searches Anita in a room near the Lunatic Cafe, and what weapon does he fail to find?

2. What does Gretchen attempt to do to the minds of a police officer and Anita near The Fox?

3. Describe Anita's boyfriend, Richard.

4. When Anita and Kaspar meet to discuss the missing lycanthropes, why is Anita unable to get more information from Kaspar than was already available in Marcus' file?

5. During their meeting at Washington University, what request and/or advice does Louie give to Anita regarding Richard?

6. How does Richard react to viewing the video in Edward's hotel?

7. Why is Anita worried when she learns that Richard has a Rodgers and Hammerstein collection?

8. While Anita is near the theater, talking with Richard and Jean-Claude, why does Dolph page Anita?

9. Describe Gretchen, the person who attacks Anita after she leaves The Fox.

10. After Anita shoots and kills Alfred, what do most of the lycanthropes in the meeting do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do Burt and Dolph, Anita's two bosses, interact with her in the course of the novel? What point is the author making about women in the work force by Anita's disparate attitudes toward the two men?

Essay Topic 2

What are the religious undertones present in "The Lunatic Cafe?" Is the cross-wearing Anita likely to be a Christian? Why or why not? Is the belief in preternatural creatures incompatible with a belief in God?

Essay Topic 3

Does the author succeed in describing pornography without crossing the line into creating pornography? Why does the author choose to include pornographic scenes? How does the pornographic video further plot development or assist with character development?

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