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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 14, what is the IRS revealed to have been in the past?

2. In Chapter 18, how does Glendenning feel about Desk Names?

3. How does the author represent questions during the interviews in Chapter 14?

4. In Chapter 6, what upsets Dean most about his relationship with his girlfriend?

5. How does the author present the quoted interviews in Chapter 14?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 13, what problem does the main character suffer from?

2. What point does the author make about the "information society" in Chapter 9?

3. What makes Claude happy in Chapter 2?

4. While describing Stecyk in Chapter 12, what does the narrator comment on about the boy's future?

5. In Chapter 16, what does Lane Dean Jr.'s character reveal about the work of the IRS?

6. What makes Chapter 4 different from Chapters 1-3?

7. In Chapter 19, what seems to be the favored solution to what is wrong with America?

8. In the beginning of this novel, how does Claude feel about his job?

9. What is the purpose of Chapter 11?

10. What does Stecyk try to do in Chapter 12?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the use of nick names and code words in the IRS. What do these terms suggest about the agency? What do they reveal about the IRS employees? How do they influence the setting of the IRS REC?

Essay Topic 2

How does the author create setting throughout this novel? How does the IRS become a driving force behind the creation of setting? What makes the setting of this novel important to the novel as a whole?

Essay Topic 3

How do characters remain the same as they age? How do they change? Compare and contrast the characters who change vs. those who remain the same. What message does this deliver about childhood and the transition into adulthood?

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