Trainspotting 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. What performer's concert has Tommy bought tickets to in Scotland Takes Drugs in Psychic Defense?

2. Why does Renton not answer the door in Junk Dilemmas No. 64?

3. What reason does Renton offer the next morning for sleeping in Dianne's flat?

4. Why does Begbie punch June in Inner Shitty?

5. Why can Davie not remember where he is at the beginning of Traditional English Breakfast?

Short Essay Questions

1. What sadistic joke does Johnny Swan play in The Skag Boys?

2. How does Renton prepare to come off of junk in The First Day of the Edinburgh Festival?

3. Why is Tommy worried about his girlfriend in Scotland Takes Drugs in Psychic Defense?

4. What does Renton slowly realize has happened at the beginning of It Goes Without Saying?

5. What happens to the communal pot in Grieving and Mourning in Port Sunshine?

6. How does Tommy fall into the heroin lifestyle in Cock Problems?

7. Why does Stevie have a wonderful New Years despite getting punched?

8. What does Renton discover the morning after having sex with Dianne?

9. What strange occurrence happens at the wake in Growing Up in Public?

10. How does Spud get in a brawl in Na Na and Other Nazis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Trainspotting, in many ways, resembles a collection of short stories. It follows several key characters but occasionally diverts to a seemingly unrelated narrative. Write an essay about two of these chapters:

Part 1) Describe the narrative of Grieving and Mourning in Port Sunshine. How are these characters connected to the other characters of the rest of the novel? Thematically, what is discusses in the chapter, and how does this relate to other chapters?

Part 2) Discuss the narrative of Bad Blood. Who is Davie, and how has he appeared in the rest of the novel? Describe the themes covered in Davie's story, and how the tone of the piece fits with the rest of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Being that the world of Trainspotting is one of degradation and drugs, death is a prominent part of the events it portrays. Discuss three characters that die in the novel, and in an essay, analyze the significance of their deaths. How does each character die, and what are the underlying sociological causes? How do others react to this death? Is there anything to be learned from the loss of a life in this world?

Part 1) Baby Dawn

Part 2) Billy

Part 3) Matty

Essay Topic 3

Heroin is a powerful and all-consuming drug, and according to Renton, it is a life choice. In an essay, discuss the effect trying to get clean from heroin has on the characters of the novel. How does their worldview shift, and what do they use to fill the hole left by the drug? How often do characters relapse in the novel? How often does life crash down on them as a result of the drug?

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