Trainspotting 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. How does Sick Boy kill the dog in Deid Dugs?

2. In Courting Disaster, Renton claims to have a passion for what philosopher?

3. At the beginning of There Is a Light That Never Goes Out, which mate is not with Renton?

4. Why do the women in Feeling Free decide Renton is not that bad at the end of the chapter?

5. Which girls slips off with Spud at the end of There Is a Light That Never Goes Out?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Renton's father warn him in Bang to Rites?

2. How does Billy Renton die?

3. How does Davie take revenge on Alan Venters in Bad Blood?

4. What does Renton find at Johnny Swan's in A Leg-Over Situation?

5. What precautions does Begbie take after the job in Easy Money for the Professionals?

6. Describe Spud's ill-fated night with Laura McEwan.

7. How does Renton interact with his relatives at Billy's wake?

8. What does Renton learn about Sick Boy in the celebration in Courting Disaster?

9. How does Renton feel about ripping off his mates at the end of the novel?

10. How does Matty die?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narration of Trainspotting alternates between first and third person. Write an essay about these transitions and the difference between the two types of narrative. How does Welsh use different verbiage for each type of perspective? Discuss how each type of point-of-view reflects a different tone and intent? How do the first-person sections vary from one another depending on who is speaking?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the subject of nonparticipation in modern life. To what extent are all of the characters in Trainspotting choosing not to participate in life? What are they distinctly trying to avoid? What pain and disappointment are they wary of? How have the major characters in the novel coped to avoid maintaining ties with each other and family and to avoid having jobs?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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