White Noise 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 the "full sister" of Jack's oldest daughter (i.e., which other child has the same mother?)

2. How did Babette get her hands on Dylar?

3. What is written on the green armband of the man who checks them in at the evacuation site?

4. According to what he says at first, how did Willie Mink learn English?

5. When Jack sees someone in the backyard, whom does he think it is?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Heinrich, toxic spills are not "the real issue." What does he tell his sisters and parents they should be worried of?

2. Which particular kind of people does Jack notice watching the insane asylum burn down, when he and Heinrich go to watch?

3. What is the Law of Ruins Jack describes?

4. What happened to Cotsakis, Murray's rival in Elvis studies?

5. When Jack asks Babette for Mr. Gray's real name, why does she refuse to tell him?

6. As Jack is going faithfully to his German lessons, what is he is practicing?

7. Why is Heinrich crouched outside on the roof at the beginning of Book 2?

8. What causes the family to evacuate, eventually? What is the thing that convinces them?

9. Where does Jack drive Willie Mink and why?

10. Why is Denise concerned about Babette going running, and what does she do about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While Jack is obsessed with a mass-murderer, he is afraid of his own death. Babette seems to think that Jack's biology and jealousy make him predestined to be homicidal. Interrogate her claims, based on evidence from the text. Why does Jack resort to violence? What does it have to do with his academic obsession with Hitler and maybe even his J.A.K. persona? How does DeLillo use German and associations with Germany to explore Jack's fear?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the role that television plays in the life of the Gladney family. What is DeLillo trying to communicate about the way Americans watch television, or about what is produced and broadcast? Is this novel a critique of a "media generation"? Has television changed substantially since 1985? Would a new version of this novel include the internet in similar ways? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Winnie Richard's attitudes about death, mortality and dying with those of Orest Mercator. How are these two alike, and how are they different? What does Jack learn from each of them?

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