Ubik Test | Mid-Book 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 much was Joe's coffee?

2. What allowed Tippy to sleep for hours and days on end?

3. Why couldn't Mr. Runciter talk to his wife in the lounge?

4. What was considered fashionable?

5. How much does the shower charge?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ella explain half-life, and why did Ella believe that he would never fully understand it?

2. What typo is in this chapter?

3. How does Joe get money from the Moratorium owner?

4. What kinds of things does Ms. Wirt explain is on the map?

5. Why did Runciter immediately want to pack everything up?

6. What does Joe guess was going to happen to all of them and why?

7. Why was Jory able to permeate Ella's conversation?

8. How did the author describe Hollis?

9. Why does Joe Chip believe that he was selected to keep the prudence organizations going?

10. Why are Anti-PSI talents necessary?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Pat and Jory. How are they alike? How are they different? What kind of nature does each character have? How do they compliment each other well?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the repeated references to cigarettes in this novel. How does this relate to the culture of the day in which the novel was written? How have things changed in regards to the references to smoking in literature?

Essay Topic 3

The major motion picture "Matrix" gained a lot of inspiration from this novel. Compare Ubik to the Matrix. What similarities are present? What are some major differences? How is Neo like Joe? How are the two characters different?

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