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. In Chapter 7, where does Quinn go to find Stillman?

2. During their third and final meeting in Chapter 9, what name does Quinn give to Stillman?

3. To which two continental philosophers does the narrator credit the concept of the "noble savage"?

4. Where does the second meeting between Quinn and Stillman take place in Chapter 9?

5. What is the name of the persona that Stillman invents in his book in order to protect himself?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After losing track of Stillman, who does Quinn seek out for advice on the Stillman case? Why does he think this person will be able to help him?

3. In Chapter 12, why does Quinn finally decide to leave the alleyway? Who is the first person he contacts and what information does this person provide?

4. What is Stillman's theory about having children? What is the correlation between having children and knowledge?

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

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

7. What role does fate have in Quinn's involvement in the Stillman case? What does Quinn consider to be a sign of fate's decision?

8. Describe the relationship between Quinn and the counterman at the luncheonette. What interest unites them?

9. 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?

10. What interests Auster about the authorship of Don Quixote? According to Auster, what was the experiment that Don Quixote was conducting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The New York Trilogy is in part a work of meta-fiction. How so? What does having a character named Paul Auster signify? What does the relationship between Paul Auster and the narrator of City of Glass imply about Auster's attitude towards writing?

Essay Topic 2

Deception is a major theme in The Locked Room. Give three examples of deception in the story and explain the consequences for the writer. What message is communicated about deception and truth in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Give two literary allusions that are found in the story, Ghosts. How do these stories parallel Blue's narrative?

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