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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. At the airport, who is leaving for Puerto Rico in Chapter 12?
2. While Profane thinks he is settled in his job, what happens that changes everything in Chapter 13?
3. To whom does Fausto Maijstral write a letter in Chapter 11?
4. What does the mysterious woman who talks to the ballerina tell her about her future?
5. Who is the German woman with a fake eye that Mondaugen meets?
Short Essay Questions
1. What unfortunate accident occurs to Melanie L'Heuremandi?
2. Why does Esther have trouble in her relationship with the plastic surgeon?
3. What does Kurt Mondaugen witness in 1922 while in Africa?
4. What does Fausto Mijstral reveal in his letter to his daughter Paola?
5. What is Godolphin's point of contention against V.'s argument for Vheissu?
6. What is the big change Benny Profane makes in Chapter 13 regarding Rachel Owlglass?
7. What happens to V. in Paris?
8. Why are the members of the Whole Sick Crew not bothered by police arrests?
9. How is Benny Profane's "yo-yo" behavior different from that of the Whole Sick Crew?
10. When Benny is propositioned by Mafia, what does he do and what does it reveal about him?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How is sexuality portrayed in V.? Which characters appear overtly sexual? Which characters are sexually appealing to others and why? What sexual taboos are broken and what issues are raised in relation to sex? Describe.
Essay Topic 2
The author uses more than one iteration on the motif of life-death-life. Identify at least two examples of the motifs about life-death-life in the book.
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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