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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 Kathryn accept a job at the end of Chapter 5?

2. In Chapter 1, where does James tell Kathryn he has been doing most of his work?

3. According to James in Chapter 1, what does Kathryn think life should be?

4. What is the subject of Volterra's breakout documentary?

5. At the end of Chapter 7, what items are the Maitlands stockpiling?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is James and Kathryn's relationship with Volterra?

2. What explanation of the language cult's motives does Vosdanik offer in Chapter 6?

3. How does James seduce Janet Ruffing at the end of Chapter 9?

4. What is different about Chapter 14 from the rest of the novel?

5. How has Kathryn Axton changes since separating from James?

6. Describe Kathryn and James' argument in Chapter 5?

7. How did Del Nearing and Frank Volterra meet?

8. What information does Andahl give about the cult in Chapter 9?

9. Where is Volterra in his planning for the cult film at the end of Chapter 8?

10. What indication exists in Chapter 1 that relations are strained between James and Kathryn?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the marriage and separation of James and Kathryn Axton. How did their marriage affect each others individual life and goals? What state is the marriage in when the novel begins, and how did it reach this point? Discuss how Kathryn and James' personalities and lifestyles change after the separation. What idiosyncrasies are revealed as a result? What finally breaks the marriage apart for good, and how does the veneer of cordiality disappear as a result?

Essay Topic 3

The world of The Names is one in which truth and facts are subjective. One can never be certain what is real and what is imagined. As such, there are a plethora of ambiguous characters in the novel. Write an essay about three such characters, discussing what they appear to be and what they are. How is the narrative affected by each of these characters? What deceptions do they perpetrate, and to what end? Is each characters' objectives identified by the end of the novel?

Part 1) Eliades

Part 2) Rowser

Part 3) Andahl

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