The New York Trilogy Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How many hours does Quinn sleep each night while living in the alleyway across from the Stillman's apartment?

2. What is the weather like on the day that Stillman does not appear as usual?

3. What does Peter Stillman have in common with Quinn's son?

4. According to Stillman's notes in Chapter 5, which character does he suspect of not being trustworthy?

5. What book is the girl reading with whom Quinn converses in the waiting room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Virginia Stillman scared when Quinn calls her at the end of Chapter 9? What makes her think that Stillman may have contacted Peter?

2. At the end of Chapter 13, what does the narrator reveal about himself? How did he become involved in the story?

3. Why did Stillman invent the persona of Henry Dark? What significance does this name have?

4. In the telephone calls in Chapter 1, with whom is Quinn confused? What is the nature of this person's work?

5. Describe Stillman's daily routine. What items does he take with him on his daily walks?

6. What is the message spelled out by the letters of the maps in Chapter 8? What does this message reveal to Quinn about Stillman?

7. What is the financial and societal status of the Stillman family? Where do the Stillmans come from?

8. According to Peter, what was his father's motivation for locking him up in the dark for so many years? Was he successful?

9. What is revealed about Quinn's family in Chapter 1 of City of Glass? Where is his family now?

10. In Chapter 13, where does Quinn go? What does he do there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Letters are important objects in The New York Trilogy. How do these objects impulse the action of the narrative? Give two specific examples from The Locked Room.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of The Locked Room, the writer reads Fanshawe's red notebook and remarks, "All the words were familiar to me, and yet they seemed to have been put together strangely, as though their final purpose was to cancel each other out. I can think of no other way to express it. Each sentence erased the sentence before it, each paragraph made the next paragraph impossible." What theme from the story is exemplified in this quote? Give three examples of this theme throughout The New York Trilogy.

Essay Topic 3

The theme of incomprehensibility is present throughout The Locked Room. What makes the writer conclude that life does not make sense? What does this say about the writer's relationship to reality and the challenge of his work?

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