1. Why does Didion
refuse to give away John’s shoes?
2. Didion tries and
fails to locate a poem about “Mr. Death” and a “blue-eyed boy” by
3. What delays the
arrival of the autopsy report and emergency room record?
4. Didion is associated
with what literary group?
5. When John collapses,
what is Didion’s immediate instinct?
6. What is the one
place in Los Angeles where Didion feels safe, even though she associates
it with John and Quintana?
7. What destination
does John insist on visiting, fearing that it will be last time
he will get to go?
8. What does Didion
call the experience of having tragedy occur when you least expect
9. What is consecrated
in the final lines in the poem “Rose Aylmer”?
10. What concept,
inspired by Joe and Gertrude Black, did John write about on the
day of his death?
11. What is the strategy
that Didion employs to help her deal with her fear of injuring herself?
12. What leads to
Quintana’s first coma?
13. What is the name
of the classical drama by Euripides that Didion turns to while thinking
about the concept of the divide between life and death?
14. Which instance
involving flowers does not appear in the book?
15. What helped Didion
confront the idea of meaninglessness as a child?
16. What upsets Didion
when she receives a call from the hospital the day after John’s
17. Which of the
following books by John Gregory Dunne is not quoted in The
Year of Magical Thinking?
18. What is the first
writing assignment Didion accepts after the tragedies?
19. After participating
in which of the following unusual activity with Didion does John
express his enthusiasm for trying new things?
20. What causes the
“apprehension of death” that Didion experiences while walking down
West Fifty-seventh Street in New York?
21. What is the name
of the strange test used to test memory and comprehension in patients
coming out of a coma?
22. John whispers
what line from the film Robin and Marian to Quintana
while she lies in a coma?
23. Which literary
hero, who has a premonition of his own death, does Didion compare
24. What causes Didion
to become upset while covering the Democratic Convention at the
25. What is the name
of the singing group from Princeton that John enjoyed mocking?