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. What does the Rat refuse to give to the Main Character in his first letter?

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

3. How much money does the Main Character have from the Strange Man?

4. At what age does the person who dies in Chapter 1 die?

5. Where does the Main Character first meet the person who dies in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Main Character's dream the first time he rides in the Boss's limo.

2. Describe the location of the Boss's home.

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

4. How does the Main Character react to his return to his hometown?

5. How does the Strange Man continue to threaten the Main Character in Chapter 22?

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

7. Describe the mystery surrounding the Boss's illness.

8. Describe the Business Partner.

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

10. Describe the Limo Driver.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many instances of foreshadowing are used in A Wild Sheep Chase.

1) Select an instance of foreshadowing that is related to mysticism or power and explain its significance.

2) Select an instance of foreshadowing that is simply a literary technique and is unrelated to the power of a character or object. Explain its significance.

3) Which instance of foreshadowing is more effective? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The Main Character goes through an awakening during the course of A Wild Sheep Chase. Analyze this awakening with specific events from the story. Consider symbolism, setting and relationships used to further the character development.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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