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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the Sheep Professor?

2. Who does the caretaker say is living in the home on the sheep ranch that the Main Character visits in Chapter 30?

3. What vehicle is sent to pick up the cat?

4. What does the Main Character discover when he wakes up in Chapter 33?

5. What do the Main Character and the Girlfriend eat after arriving at the station in Chapter 24?

Essay 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

Both the Rat and the Main Character are weak men who undergo transformations during the story.

1) By the end of A Wild Sheep Chase, do you consider the Main Character or the Rat to be the better person?

2) Which character undergoes the greater transformation?

3) If the Rat had come out of this situation alive, what do you think his relationship to the Main Character would be like?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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