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. Where do Sharon and Renton have sex in Bang to Rites?

2. How is Billy killed in Bang to Rites?

3. What gift did Matty try to give his estranged child?

4. Which of the mates arrives late for the bus to London in Station to Station?

5. What is Renton's parent's attitude toward Sick Boy?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the drug deal in Station to Station go down?

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

3. How does the trial of Courting Disaster turn out for Renton and Spud?

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

5. How does Kelly take revenge on some business men in Eating Out?

6. How does Alison and Kelly bond with two lesbians in Feeling Free?

7. Why does Begbie become enraged in Trainspotting at Leith Central Station?

8. What hallucinations does Renton have as he slips in and out of consciousness?

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

10. What does Dr. Forbes uncover about Renton's addiction in Searching for the Inner Man?

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

In many respects, Trainspotting is less the story of a person or group of people than it is a tapestry of a community. Write an essay about the community of Trainspotting. How is the Leith fellowship in the novel a central character? What literary tactics does Welsh use to sweep through the full community? How do individuals emerge from the rabble and then disappear into it again?

Essay Topic 3

Trainspotting takes place in a specific time and place: Edinburgh in the mid- to late-eighties. This is a period marked by civil strife between right and left in the era of IRA and Thatcher. Write an essay about three ways in which the political pervades the narrative:

Part 1) Discuss the rivalry between the Hibs and the Hearts. How do these two football clubs represent two ideologies in this era? Which club do the mates of Trainspotting support, and what does this say about their understanding of the United Kingdom?

Part 2) What happens to Spud and his Uncle Dode when they cross paths with skinheads in the novel? Discuss what challenges Dode has faced in Leith and why. How are these challenges typified in this interaction with the skinheads?

Part 3) Discuss Renton's reaction to his brother Billy's death. How does he connect the death to racism and privilege in a stratified United Kingdom? What does Renton feel about Thatcher, Union, and his Glasgow relatives?

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