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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. Why does Profane leave Angel and the rest of the crew?

2. Who is the competitor for Lepsius's business?

3. Why did Victoria part with her father and her sister?

4. Who is Fina?

5. What did the priest who tried to convert rats to Catholicism in New York City believe?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Stencil go to the dentist and what does he discover?

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

3. Describe Benny Profane in Chapter 1.

4. Describe Rachel Owlglass.

5. Describe Victoria in Chapter 7.

6. What happens to the Birth of Venus painting in Chapter 7?

7. Who are the two Englishmen at the cafe in Egypt that a waiter overhears talking about Victoria Wren?

8. Why does Esther fall in love with her plastic surgeon?

9. How does Dr. Schoenmaker view Esther in Chapter 4?

10. How is the apathy of the Whole Sick Crew evident in Winsome's behavior?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the novel's title. Why do you think the author named the book V.? Now that you have read the book, how does that alter your understanding of the title? Are you intrigued to find a sequel? Why or why not? Cite examples to support your answer.

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

Compare and contrast Rachel and Paola, two women that Benny Profane gets involved with. What are the main differences between them? Which made the better partner and why? What are strengths and weaknesses of each?

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