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 Main Character do in Chapter 3 after his unexpected visitor leaves?

2. What does the Main Character do in Chapter 22 before calling the Strange Man?

3. What does the Main Character drink in Chapter 9?

4. What is the name of the person who dies in Chapter 1?

5. From where does the postmark indicate that the Rat's first letter is sent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the meaning of the chapter title "Wednesday Afternoon Picnic?"

2. Does the Main Character trust his new girlfriend?

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

4. Is the Girlfriend a passive person?

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

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

7. Describe the Business Partner.

8. Why do the Main Character and the Business Partner disagree on the direction of their business?

9. How important is the cat to the Main Character?

10. Describe the Strange Man.

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

Which chapter names are the best and the worst in A Wild Sheep Chase? Support your answer with a discussion of the effect of the title as it relates to themes and literary styles that may include foreshadowing, symbolism, character growth, plot development or anything else you find important to the story.

Essay Topic 3

Is it the isolation or the passivity of humans that makes it easiest for the Sheep to control humans? Explain with numerous examples from the novel.

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