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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 men dressed up as at the party that Tully goes to with Dawn?

2. Who does Tully dream about the night before the big storm aboard the Caribbean Soul?

3. What does Tully hand to Cleopatra as the Lucretia sails to Punta Margarita from Tulum?

4. What kind of radio does Tully's dad give him?

5. What do the biker couple purchase at the flea market where Tully buys the painting?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Tully compare Cleopatra's burial to an Egyptian queen?

3. Who are the Stilton twins?

4. Where did Tully meet Dawn before the resort at San Pedro?

5. How were the charges against Tully in Wyoming dropped?

6. What does the reappearance of the Lucretia off the coast of San Pedro make Tully start thinking about?

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

8. How does Tully feel as he waits to hear news of Cleopatra in the hospital waiting room?

9. How does Tully help Cleopatra say goodbye to Highbourne Hill?

10. How does Tully come to meet Cleopatra Highbourne?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Buffet's use of both traditional and non-traditional religion in A Salty Piece of Land.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the use of truth and discovery of the truth as a theme. What is ironic about this theme in a novel full of people and events who push the realms of reality?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the symbolic significance of the Fresnel lens. What are the allegorical and thematic implications of Willie Singer being the one to bring it to Tully?

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