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 sadistic thing does Swan do in The Skag Boys?

2. Describe Renton's relationship with Hazel.

3. In It Goes Without Saying, who thinks the group should leave the flat?

4. What is Dianne doing when Renton notices her in this chapter?

5. In It Goes Without Saying, who does Renton figure out is Dawn's father?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Renton realize about Begbie in The Glass?

2. How do Renton and Sick Boy pick up girls in In Overdrive?

3. Why are the mates made anxious by Begbie's plans for this chapter?

4. Describe Renton and Spuds' tiff and reconciliation in this chapter.

5. How do the junkies react to the tragedy that occurs in It Goes Without Saying?

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

7. Why is Stevie sad on New Years?

8. How does Renton meet Dianne?

9. Describe the activities of the gang in Grieving and Mourning in Port Sunshine.

10. Describe the incident in The Glass.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The two primary settings of the novel are Leith and London. Write an essay comparing and contrasting these two locales. How is London dynamic and Leith distinctly static? Discuss the relative likelihood for heroin use in each of the settings. Which is more conducive to sobriety and why? Which major events occur in each, and how do these events come to define the world of this setting?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about women in Trainspotting. Choose three women and discuss their place in the coterie of junkies and loser who comprise the center of the novel. How do they become attached to the group? Are they repelled by the drug-use or part of it? What do they lose within the group and what do they gain? Are any of them particularly well-defined as individuals?

Essay Topic 3

Trainspotting is a novel that exists resolutely in the nitty-gritty of working-class squalor. As such, Welsh regularly employs filthy and scatological imagery. Write an essay about three such instances. What is the nature of the filth portrayed? How does it relate to the narrative and themes of the novel? Is it presented straight or with humor, and do you think it is necessary or effective?

Part 1) The First Day of the Edinburgh Festival

Part 2) Traditional English Breakfast

Part 3) Eating Out

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