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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. Where do the police take Winsome after he jumps from the first floor into their net?
2. What does Rachel say that Profane is too wrapped up in that will prevent him from truly loving a woman?
3. When Mondaugen feels sick, what does Gondolphin think he has?
4. What are the names of the synthetic human machines that Benny watches over?
5. Who go to a party in Washington D.C. for the weekend in Chapter 14?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Stencil afraid to go to Malta?
2. How does V. appear in Chapter 9 and what does this say about her or her role?
3. What is the big change Benny Profane makes in Chapter 13 regarding Rachel Owlglass?
4. What is Paola's relationship with men in Chapter 8?
5. How does Benny show signs of regression in Chapter 13?
6. What does Kurt Mondaugen witness in 1922 while in Africa?
7. What happens to V. in Paris?
8. What is Godolphin's point of contention against V.'s argument for Vheissu?
9. What is V.'s point of view regarding the siege in Africa in 1922?
10. Why is Rachel worried about Esther?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Create a brief character study of Benny Profane. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him at this point in his life?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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