V Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 is talking to Rachel in a bar and confesses feelings for Paola in Chapter 10?

2. Who goes to the airport to stop Esther from leaving in Chapter 12?

3. Where is Captain Hugh Godolphin heading off to when Mondaugen meets him?

4. At the airport, who is leaving for Puerto Rico in Chapter 12?

5. What is the name of the expatriate that Mondaugen visits to give news of the war?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Stencil afraid to go to Malta?

2. What are some characteristics of V. that are revealed in Chapter 11 and what do they say about her?

3. When Benny is propositioned by Mafia, what does he do and what does it reveal about him?

4. What happens to V. in Paris?

5. What does Kurt Mondaugen witness in 1922 while in Africa?

6. Why is Fina leaving New York?

7. What is Godolphin's point of contention against V.'s argument for Vheissu?

8. When Fausto changes his personality, what is the role that he assumes?

9. Why is Rachel angry with Slab?

10. Why does Esther have trouble in her relationship with the plastic surgeon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses some important instances of flashbacks in the stories. Explain what a flashback is and cite at least two making sure to explain what makes each a flashback.

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

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.

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