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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 does Rachel want to know is in her apartment?
2. When Mondaugen feels sick, what does Gondolphin think he has?
3. Where is the Whole Sick Crew at a party in Chapter 12?
4. What is the name of Fausto Maijstral's dead wife?
5. Where do the police take Winsome after he jumps from the first floor into their net?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Benny is propositioned by Mafia, what does he do and what does it reveal about him?
2. What is V.'s point of view regarding the siege in Africa in 1922?
3. Why does Esther have trouble in her relationship with the plastic surgeon?
4. What action does Mafia fail to take and what does it reveal about him and the Whole Sick Crew?
5. How does fate appear to intervene in the life of Benny Profane in Chapter 8?
6. How does V. appear in Chapter 9 and what does this say about her or her role?
7. Why is Fina leaving New York?
8. What does Kurt Mondaugen witness in 1922 while in Africa?
9. What is Godolphin's point of contention against V.'s argument for Vheissu?
10. How does Benny show signs of regression in Chapter 13?
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
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 3
Explain the role of women in Virginia in the1950s when the women in the stories are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women may not have?
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