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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. What did the ballerina forget to wear that would have prevented the horrible accident that occurred to her?
2. Who does Rachel want to know is in her apartment?
3. What does Wijk fear that Abraham Morris will do?
4. Who tries to have sex with Paola but she refuses in Chapter 13?
5. What is the name of the expatriate that Mondaugen visits to give news of the war?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Rachel angry with Slab?
2. Why is Rachel worried about Esther?
3. What is V.'s point of view regarding the siege in Africa in 1922?
4. How does V. appear in Chapter 9 and what does this say about her or her role?
5. How is Benny Profane's "yo-yo" behavior different from that of the Whole Sick Crew?
6. Why are the members of the Whole Sick Crew not bothered by police arrests?
7. What is Godolphin's point of contention against V.'s argument for Vheissu?
8. What does Fausto Mijstral reveal in his letter to his daughter Paola?
9. What is the big change Benny Profane makes in Chapter 13 regarding Rachel Owlglass?
10. What does Kurt Mondaugen witness in 1922 while in Africa?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Create a brief character study of Benny Profane. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him at this point in his life?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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