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 10, what novel is Paul Auster writing an article about?

2. Where does the first face-to-face meeting between Quinn and Stillman take place?

3. What does Quinn purchase before leaving the luncheonette?

4. What is the last sentence written in the red notebook?

5. In Chapter 8, what is the message spelled out by the letters of the maps?

Short Essay Questions

1. While Quinn is living in the alleyway in Chapter 12, what is his sleep schedule like? How is he able to measure the amount of time he has been sleeping?

2. In Chapter 11, what does Quinn write about in the red notebook? According to his observations, what is the social hierarchy of the vagabond population like?

3. According to Stillman's book, where should the new paradise be built? When should this building occur and why then?

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. What job does Virginia Stillman hire Auster to do? How does she expect him to start?

9. What is the first thing that Quinn writes in the red notebook? Why is this significant?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Maps are important objects in City of Glass. How are maps used in this story? What is the symbolic association between maps and exploration as it relates to the character of Stillman?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

What is the role of violence in The New York Trilogy? Is violence a significant theme in all three stories? Why or why not? Give specific examples from the text.

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