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. What did Laura McEwan want to try with Spud when she took him home?

2. What injury did Spud suffer in his liaison with Laura McEwan?

3. How has Johnny Swan's appearing changed in this section?

4. Why does Renton consider having sex with Gi in London Crawling?

5. Where is Renton headed at the end of the novel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe Sick Boy's escapade in Deid Dugs.

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

9. What uncharacteristic moment occurs with Renton in Straight Dilemmas No. 1?

10. How does Renton end up in an all-night porno theater in London Crawling?

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

Throughout the novel, Welsh juxtaposes the somber and the irreverent. In an essay, discuss three instances in which a moment of deep gravity is undercut by humor or some other undermining element? Why do you think Welsh chooses to undermine his own emotional moments? What is he indicating about life and the bonds that connect us?

Essay Topic 3

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

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