White Noise Test | Mid-Book 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. What does the Gladney family do together on Friday nights?

2. At which college is the department located?

3. Eric tells Jack that he looks different without what?

4. What is the German teacher's name?

5. What is the only class Jack still teaches?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who makes up the group of teachers in the pop culture department?

2. Describe how Murray interacts with Jack and Babette at the supermarket.

3. What is Jack's position at the college?

4. What is the conflict between Babette and Denise, vis-a-vis sugarless gum?

5. Why did Jack name Heinrich Heinrich?

6. Describe the student body of the College-on-the-Hill.

7. Why does Murray come over to watch television with the kids?

8. Describe the scene that opens the novel, in terms of setting, action and narration.

9. Why does Heinrich stay away when the family gathers to watch the sunset.

10. Jack opens up Chapter 20 by listing various people's deaths and talking about how they died. Name one of them, and describe why you think Jack is listing them.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The supermarket is an important locale in this novel. Describe what the supermarket means thematically in this novel, remembering to include what happens there through the novel and what role it plays both in the lives of the characters and in terms of advancing the plot.

Essay Topic 2

Write an analytical essay that explains and contextualizes the ways this family communicates with each other. Do they all communicate in the same way? Does anyone in the family communicate differently? Be sure to include specific exploration of DeLillo's dialogue as a fictional technique that demonstrate what these various communications styles mean thematically.

Essay Topic 3

Wilder, Jack and Babette's youngest child, is non-verbal in a family of fast-talking, bright and pretty evasive/elliptical conversationalists. Write an analytical essay that explains Wilder's function in the narrative. Be sure to offer an explanation of how Wilder affects the plot, characterization, mood, etc.

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