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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. About what does James needle Kathryn at the beginning of Chapter 4?

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

3. After James drops Anand and Rajiv off in Chapter 4, what does Tap request they do?

4. At the beginning of Chapter 7, James wonders whether adultery serves what purpose?

5. Which of the following is not a city James says he will be visiting in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Owen's connection to the cave people addressed in Chapter 4?

2. How is Rowser's lifestyle strange given his position?

3. How has Charles Maitland changed of late?

4. How is Owen haunted by his childhood memories of religion?

5. Describe the awkward lunch at the beginning of Chapter 7.

6. What does James Axton do in Europe?

7. Why is Owen uncomfortable talking about the Feast of the Virgin in Chapter 2?

8. Describe the murder in Kouros.

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

10. In Chapter 4, what plan does Kathryn have for after her dig ends?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Don DeLillo's novel deals with the notion of marriage in the latter half of the twentieth century by observing several married people dealing with issues of modern marriage. Write an essay about three such individuals. How does each individual feel about the marriage? How do they deal with the temptations involved in living abroad? How do these decisions affect the marriage? Discuss the state of the marriage at the end of the novel:

Part 1) James Axton

Part 2) Ann Maitland

Part 3) Janet Ruffing

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the ensemble that is James Axton's expatriate social scene. What collective philosophy do these people share, and for whence does this philosophy derive? In this essay, discuss the dynamic that exists within the group. Who are the most dominant figures in the group dynamic, and who feels like an outsider? Which couples are strong and which are clearly foundering? How is this made apparent?

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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