V Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Profane and a talking machine compare the stack of junk cars at the dump to?

2. Who guesses that Esther could be pregnant?

3. Who go to a party in Washington D.C. for the weekend in Chapter 14?

4. Why is Stencil afraid of going to Malta?

5. What does Rachel ask Benny Profane's help in procuring that he suggests she borrow from Winsome?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Both Benny and Stencil are two of the most active characters.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist and how do they interact? What is similar about them and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Stencil had a direct influence upon? What are some events that Benny had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support to the Whole Sick Crew? Which one is stronger and why?

Essay Topic 2

V. is an enigmatic and famous character in this book. Explain the history of V. as you know it. When did the character first appear in the book? What culture seemingly created V.? How has the character changed throughout history? Why do you think Pynchon chose V. as a main character?

Essay Topic 3

Describe some of the settings for the stories. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did the author choose to use these places in the stories?

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