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. Whom does the Strange Man say he represents?

2. Whom does the Rat ask the Main Character to visit for him?

3. What does the Main Character realize about his photos at the end of Chapter 3?

4. What best describes the Boss?

5. From where does the Main Character phone his business partner in Chapter 23?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does the Main Character trust his new girlfriend?

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

3. What is the importance of the slip in Chapter 3?

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

5. Describe the Main Character's efforts to connect with others in Chapters 19 through 21.

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

7. How does the Boss come to gain his power?

8. Is the Girlfriend a passive person?

9. Describe the Rat's relationship to the Main Character.

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

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

In Chapter 28, the Caretaker tells the Main Character that is easy to care for 200 sheep because they are cooperative and want to be led. How does this statement work as a metaphor for the mediocrity of humanity in A Wild Sheep Chase? Write an analytical response using support from the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Imagine that A Wild Sheep Chase is told from a strictly historical perspective rather that with the surreal quality. In other words, that science is used to explain any mystical events in the novel. How would this impact the message of the story, the growth of the characters and the experience of the readers? Do you feel this could be effectively accomplished?

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