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 Renton describe his brother in the wake?

2. Where are the two lesbians in Feeling Free from?

3. What arbitrary though does Spud have during the funeral in Memories of Matty?

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

5. In Courting Disaster, what does Sick Boy reveal he is doing for money now?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Bad Blood, how does Alan Venters and Davie's relationship develop?

2. Why does Renton feel bad at the end of The Elusive Mr. Hunt?

3. What demand does Renton's father make of Renton on his second day in bed?

4. How does Billy Renton die?

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

6. What surprise does Renton have when he wakes up in Gi's flat?

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

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

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

10. How does the morning of There Is a Light That Never Goes Out end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Undoubtedly, the two most unappealing characters of Trainspotting are Begbie and Sick Boy> Write an essay about these characters. Why are they so despicable? What goal do they have and what tactics do they use to try to achieve them? How do these two characters represent dual sides of sin, complementing each other in their ill deals and transgressions?

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

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?

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