Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. About whom does James dream about in Chapter 6?
2. Who is the inspiration for Tap's novel?
3. What country is David Keller going to be air-dropped into in Chapter 5?
4. What specific problem is Volterra having with his excursions in Chapter 6?
5. What scares Owen about religion?
Short Essay Questions
1. What offer does David Keller make James in Chapter 8, and how does James respond?
2. Describe the murder in Kouros.
3. How did James Axton begin working at Northeast Group?
4. According to Owen in Chapter 5, Why does the world hate America?
5. Describe the political argument that James and Eliades have in Chapter 10.
6. How does James learn the truth behind the CIA in Chapter 13?
7. What information does Andahl give about the cult in Chapter 9?
8. How does James follow up on his Mani discovery later in Chapter 8?
9. How is Owen's connection to the cave people addressed in Chapter 4?
10. How has Rowser become more paranoid in Chapter 11?
In The Names, Don DeLillo sets up two mysteries that seem at one point to be connected. Write an essay discussing the reality behind both mysteries and how DeLillo juxtaposes them. Which two entities are aware of James Axton, and which one specifically attempts to harm him? What inclinations does he have that either of these entities is on to him? Which entity does Eliades belong to? How the reality behind either entity revealed in the narrative?
Write an essay about the character of Frank Volterra. What is his connection to the Axtons, and how does he find himself in the search of the language cult? Discuss how DeLillo paints Volterra with a different brush that the other characters. Is he, in essence, a caricature of the temperamental auteur director? How does Del Nearing's attachment to Volterra humanize him to a certain point?
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?
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