The Pale King Test | Final 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 32, who does the IRS examiner call?

2. What does David say happened to his mother in 1971?

3. In Chapter 23, what does the narrator describe?

4. In Chapter 22, what word does David use to describe himself in his youth?

5. In Chapter 22, why does David say he switched colleges often?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't David exit the van in Chapter 24 with the other people?

2. What happens with the lawsuits that follow David's father's death?

3. In Chapter 27, what surprises Cusk when he returns from his break?

4. Why does David feel he wasted his youth in Chapter 22?

5. What is the relationship between the Peoria REC and Martinsburg?

6. How does David feel while Ms. Neti-Neti leads him into the IRS REC?

7. In Chapter 27, what reason is given for possibly not conducting an audit?

8. What concerns Lane Dean Jr. most about the work he does in Chapter 33?

9. In Chapter 33, how does Lane Dean Jr. perform his work?

10. How do the IRS employees entertain themselves in Chapter 32?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is characterization accomplished in this novel? Consider the fact that characters will appear in one chapter and not again for several chapters. Consider how many of the characters interact with minor and unnamed characters. Also, how is characterization accomplished in chapters that exist to develop the IRS and setting only?

Essay Topic 2

Even though this novel has many characters, what makes David the protagonist of this novel? Compare his role in the novel to definitions of protagonists. How can a protagonist still exist in such a disjointed novel?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the use of post-modernism techniques. Consider the unique text layouts, formats, footnotes, columns, interviews, etc. How do these textual features affect the development of this novel?

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