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. How does the Main Character first learn of the death in Chapter 1?

2. What does the Strange Man tell the Main Character about the object seen through the magnifying glass?

3. What does the Girlfriend tell the Main Character about her ears?

4. What do the Main Character and his business partner first discuss in Chapter 7?

5. How old was the Main Character when he knew the person who dies in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Is the Girlfriend a passive person?

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

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

7. Is the Boss a respectable person?

8. Describe the Strange Man.

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

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

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 character do you feel makes the greatest sacrifice in the novel? Analyze and support your answer with evidence from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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