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

2. At the end of Easy Money for the Professionals, Begbie threatens to kill the boy if he does what?

3. Who does Matty's brother want to kill in Memories of Matty?

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

5. In Trainspotting at Leith Central Station, who does Begbie announce has AIDS?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Renton and Sharon's relationship change in Bang to Rites?

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

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

8. How does Matty die?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The lingering fear of the heroin culture of Trainspotting is HIV/AIDS. Write an essay discussing the way AIDS affects the lives of three characters in the novel. How does each character contract the syndrome? Does he maintain his health? Is he alive at the end of the novel? Discuss the methods this character uses to cope with AIDS.

Part 1) Davie

Part 2) Tommy

Part 3) Matty

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the character of Tommy. To what extent is he the most sadly innocent of the central figures in Trainspotting? What are his drugs of choice at the beginning of the novel? What does he want from life, and how does this lead him to heroin? Discuss the extent to which Tommy' story is the most cautionary of those regarding the consequences of drug use.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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