A Wild Sheep Chase 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. Why does the Strange Man give the Main Character a magnifying glass?

2. Who is referred to as the Boss?

3. What does the Strange Man give to the Main Character in Chapter 18 before telling him to leave?

4. How does the Main Character first meet his girlfriend?

5. What political party is under the Boss's control?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Main Character feel about the death of his former lover?

2. Does the Main Character flaunt the authority of the Strange Man?

3. Is the Girlfriend a passive person?

4. What is the importance of the Whale's Penis?

5. Why is the sex between the Main Character and the woman with the beautiful ears important?

6. What do the woman's beautiful ears indicate about her?

7. Describe the relationship between the Main Character and his ex-wife.

8. How does the Strange Man convince the Business Partner to meet his demands?

9. What is revealed about the Main Character through his conversations with J and the Rat's female friend?

10. What is the significance of the Rat's second letter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Symbolism in A Wild Sheep Chase sends many messages involving themes like alienation, authority, and transformation. Select three items of symbolism and for each:

1) Describe what theme or idea they symbolize.

2) Analyze the use of that object to send a message at that point in the novel.

3) Relate the object to the author's use of surrealism in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

The Will, the Gain, and the empire define the existence of the Sheep in A Wild Sheep Chase.

1) Explain how the Will, the Gain, and the empire come into existence in the novel.

2) Explain what situations could have existed or occurred that would have prevented these things from occurring.

3) Analyze how the Will, the Gain, and the empire in the novel relate to the world you live in.

Essay Topic 3

Select three characters from the novel, and explain how each plays a significant role in the awakening and character development of the Main Character.

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