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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. Who is the world adventurer looking for?

2. Who is Porpentine?

3. Who is a patient of Dr. Schoenmaker that Rachel pays the bill for?

4. What does Rachel Owlglass do for a living in New York City?

5. By his apparent lack of interest in other women, what does Profane reveal?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the plan concocted by the two men outside the wine shop and what does Gaucho propose?

2. What does the reader learn about V. in Chapter 3?

3. Why does Profane leave his friends?

4. What does Hugo Bongo-Shaftsbury talk to Mildred about on the train in Egypt?

5. What is the urban legend that Benny Profane actually does?

6. What is Herbert Stencil's purpose?

7. Describe Benny Profane in Chapter 1.

8. Who does Benny meet on the subway and who do they introduce him to?

9. What does Rachel have a desire for that all the other members of the Whole Sick Crew appear to lack?

10. Describe the Sailor's Grave.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 2

Politics are also referred to in the book. Pynchon refers to the politics in the German colonization of Africa in 1922. In V., the author devotes an entire chapter to this. Do you think this political story is a vital part of the book? Why or why not? Explain. How else could Pynchon incorporate politics into the book? Also examine the use of politics in relationships.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the motif of life-death-life. Identify at least two examples of the motifs about life-death-life in the book.

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