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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. In what part of his apartment is James at the end of Chapter 3?
2. In Chapter 7, Owen claims to be good at finding what when studying faith?
3. Why did Owen Brademas promote Kathryn so quickly?
4. In Chapter 1, where does James tell Kathryn he has been doing most of his work?
5. Why is Kathryn Maitland living on the island of Kouros?
Short Essay Questions
1. What conversation do Eliades and James have at dinner in Chapter 3?
2. Why is Owen uncomfortable talking about the Feast of the Virgin in Chapter 2?
3. What plan does Volterra have for his life after film?
4. What do Owen and James talk about at the end of Chapter 2?
5. According to Owen in Chapter 5, Why does the world hate America?
6. How has Charles Maitland changed of late?
7. Describe Kathryn and James' argument in Chapter 5?
8. Describe Tap Axton.
9. In Chapter 4, what plan does Kathryn have for after her dig ends?
10. How is Rowser's lifestyle strange given his position?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the latter half of The Names, James Axton develops several female entanglements that serve as temporary place-fillers for his lost family. Write an essay about these three: Janet Ruffing, Del Nearing, and Ann Maitland. How does Ruffing fulfill his sexual needs as a man? How does Nearing fulfill his paternal needs after the essential loss of Tap? Discuss, lastly, how Ann Maitland provides the most complete relationship for him. What are the defining attributes of this relationship? How does their final moment in the novel resonate as particularly significant?
Essay Topic 2
The Names takes place in a place and time in which new and unknown dangers are emerging for expat Americans. The novel finds clever and unnerving ways to illustrate these dangers. Write an essay in three parts dealing with the way DeLillo illustrates danger and fear in the novel:
Part 1) Discuss the new international reality that is emerging for Americans in the early 1980's. What is the state of the Cold War at this time? What events have illustrated the new danger posed by religious extremism? To what extent is James Axton's profession the quintessential creation of American expat culture in this time?
Part 2) James Axton is clearly a character what sits at the tip of the spear for international danger. What dangers exist for him throughout the novel? Discuss ambiguous characters, messages, and events that strike him as dangerous? What violent moment serves as the culmination of this nascent danger, and who does James think is responsible for it?
Part 3) Discuss the subterranean actions that place James Axton's life in danger throughout the novel. How has James been an unwitting pawn of the intelligence community? What was hunting him throughout the novel? How does he discover the true nature of his work?
Essay Topic 3
The expatriates of The Names have a decorum and a series of systems they use as they travel through Europe and Asia. Write an essay about the qualms, Concerns, recommendations, and preferences that permeate the characters' conversations and actions? What do they take care always to do? What do they avoid at all costs? How do these decisions reflect a changing world and the dangers that will emerge throughout the novel? How is traveling in this period different from previous expatriation and the international travel of today?
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