A Salty Piece of Land Test | Mid-Book 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. What are Tully and Donna Kay drinking as they talk in the tree house?

2. What is the name of the spirit world that Ix-Nay visits?

3. Who is Tully playing baseball with in his dream aboard the Lucretia?

4. How does Tully dress to disguise himself for the trip to Belize?

5. Cleopatra is obsessed with a Cuban baseball pitcher called _______.

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the unusual business that Archie Mercer had in Orlando?

2. What is the atmosphere like at Reynaldo's resort in San Pedro?

3. What challenge does Cleopatra give to Tully before she will take him back to Punta Margarita?

4. Who are the Stilton twins?

5. Why does Tully ask Willie Singer to help him find the Fresnel lens?

6. What is the connection between Tully and Donna Kay Dunbar?

7. What does Bucky hire Tully to do at Lost Boys?

8. How does Buffet illustrate the generational difference between Tully and Dawn?

9. How did Cleopatra meet the great love of her life?

10. What does Ix-Nay mean when he tells Tully that there is a rabbit in the moon when they are in Belize?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the two pieces of art that Tully carries with him on his journey. How does he acquire each of them, and what role do they play in the plot and themes of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the symbolism of nature used in A Salty Piece of Land, including crocodiles, fish, pelicans, and volcanos.

Essay Topic 3

The first line of the novel states, "It all simply comes down to good guys and bad guys." Discuss the good guys and bad guys in the novel, and how Tully embodied both.

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