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 pumps the gas when the family is evacuating?

2. What is the name of Book 2?

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

4. What kind of car does the family's newspaper delivery person drive?

5. What does Heinrich bring with him when they finally evacuate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When the family does not want to cook, where do they go and what do they eat?

3. According to Jack, what is the effect weather reports have on the elderly?

4. Where does Jack discover Babette's Dylar?

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

6. What is the condition Babette has, for which she is taking Dylar.

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

8. How did Jack act during his appointment with Dr. Chakravarty?

9. Where does Jack drive Willie Mink and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Murray is a secondary character who is nonetheless crucial to Jack's characterization and to the book's humor. Write an analytical essay that 1) offers a brief character sketch of Murray and 2) an analysis of the specific fictional techniques (setting/tone/mood, plot event/action, dialogue/interaction) that DeLillo employs to characterize Murray. Why is he important to this text?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

These characters are preoccupied, and maybe even obsessed, with their own deaths. Compare and contrast Jack's obsession with his mortality and Babette's obsession with hers. Write an essay that details the ways their fear of death are similar and how they are different. Be sure to describe specific instances in the novel and how the reader comes to understand each.

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