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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 is Stencil afraid of going to Malta?
2. What did the Bad Priest do that infuriates Fausto Maijstral?
3. Who guesses that Esther could be pregnant?
4. Who goes to the airport to stop Esther from leaving in Chapter 12?
5. Where does Kurt Mondaugen work?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Stencil afraid to go to Malta?
2. When Benny is propositioned by Mafia, what does he do and what does it reveal about him?
3. What is the big change Benny Profane makes in Chapter 13 regarding Rachel Owlglass?
4. What is Godolphin's point of contention against V.'s argument for Vheissu?
5. What action does Mafia fail to take and what does it reveal about him and the Whole Sick Crew?
6. How is Benny Profane's "yo-yo" behavior different from that of the Whole Sick Crew?
7. What happens to V. in Paris?
8. Why is Rachel worried about Esther?
9. What does Fausto Mijstral reveal in his letter to his daughter Paola?
10. When Fausto changes his personality, what is the role that he assumes?
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
The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two themes about loss in the stories. Then cite an example to support your answer.
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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