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 inadvertently steal from the Limo?

2. In what year is the Boss's brain cyst discovered?

3. What does the Main Character do when he cannot reach either of the two people he tries to phone after returning from the Boss's home?

4. What does the Strange Man tell the Business Partner to do with the object he gives him?

5. Where does the Rat's second letter tell the Main Character is his final destination?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the way the Main Character responds to the death of his former lover in Chapter 1 reveal about him?

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

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

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

7. Is the Main Character a proactive or a reactive person?

8. Does the Main Character want to go on the mission for the sheep?

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

10. What evidence is there in Chapter 2 that the Main Character and his ex-wife still care for each other?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The mystical quality of the novel is enhanced by the power of certain characters that drive the plot in specific directions.

1) Is the Main Character helped on his journey in A Wild Sheep Chase by divine guidance or is he merely a pawn of the Strange Man?

2) How would the story be different without the girlfriend?

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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