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. According to the video they watched in school, what happens when a rat is exposed to Nyodene D.?

2. Which medical issue is Jack's doctor concerned with?

3. What did the police officer see "thrown from a UFO" in town?

4. Where is Steffie's mother currently located?

5. According to the television, how many people die a year from snakebite?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. According to Jack, why does this family not have to worry about evacuating or being affected?

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

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 (potentially wrong) answer Denise gives Babette when Babette wonders why UFOs always come from upstate?

7. Where does Jack drive Willie Mink and why?

8. What happened to Orest's quest to break the world record? What happens when he tries to do it?

9. When Murray and Jack discuss the weird feelings they have about Howard, what are some of the things they mention that just do not feel right?

10. How did Babette convince Mr. Gray to let her try the Dylar?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Considering the first two Books of the novel, analyze the way DeLillo uses feelings of non-chalance and calm to characterize the Gladney family. Offer textual examples of how they behave during hectic, stressful, or chaotic situations and explain the fictional techniques (especially dialogue and setting) that help the author achieve this characterization.

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

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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