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The Crying of Lot 49

Thomas Pynchon


Review Quiz

Review Quiz

Review Quiz

Review Quiz

1. In what play does Oedipa first hear the mention of "Tristero"?

2. Oedipa's husband is:

3. Oedipa's ex-boyfriend who died just before the novel begins is:

4. The sign of the Tristero is:

5. Mike Fallopian is a member of the:

6. Oedipa lives with her husband in a town called:

7. The man at the auction who bids on lot 49 is:

8. The hippie band that appears frequently in the novel is called:

9. Manny di Presso's client sold Pierce Inverarity what good?

10. Dr. Hilarius is trying to develop:

11. The fictional machine mentioned in the novel that defies the second law of thermodynamics is called:

12. Other novels by Thomas Pynchon include:

13. Genghis Cohen is a:

14. W.A.S.T.E. stands for:

15. Oedipa delivers the old man's letter to:

16. How does Oedipa hear of Pierce's death?

17. When Oedipa goes to see Dr. Hilarius at the end of chapter five, he:

18. Explicitly, Lot 49 is:

19. The chemical manufacturing plant Oedipa visits is:

20. The professor who helps Oedipa solve some of the Tristero story in chapter six is:

21. Oedipa visits John Nefastis to find out if she is:

22. The Nefastis Machine is a special type of:

23. As a youth, Metzger appeared in films under the name of:

24. Tristero was a man who:

25. In the end of the novel, Oedipa:

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5 stars

by steph-riggs, October 27, 2016

'The Crying of Lot 49' is a somewhat sad post-noir burlesque that concerns itself with a weird global postal conspiracy. Generally, a pretty interesting read. I read it for my task with

but I don't regret spending a few days on it. Still, what I'd say to anyone who is still wondering whether to give it a read or not is 'if what you are looking for is just a good story, this is not what you need; but if you are looking for a good story told with a compelling use of language, this is what you need.'


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