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?
Write an essay about the relationship between James and Tap Axton. What do father and son do together throughout the novel, and how does the impending divorce affect this activity? What habits does Tap have that alienate him from James? Discuss whether DeLillo paints a picture of a father and son relationship that seems strong in any way. What other character seems more like a father figure to Tap?
The place of America in the international community is a recurring motif in the narrative. How are all of the main characters - James Axton, Kathryn Axton, and Owen Brademas - at the back and call of this place? What new dangers are emerging from the ether in regards to Americans abroad? How is James Axton an operative of America in the hostile international world? How does Eliades represent the opposite, a spokesman and operative for a disgruntled world?
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?
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