American Rust Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Philipp Meyer
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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 word from Book Two refers to a person who believes in the doctrine of free will?

2. How are Baron's friends described in Book Two?

3. What is the name of Poe's father?

4. What is the name of Poe's mother?

5. Who among the drifters at the car factory is described as an old man?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where do Isaac and Poe encounter the three drifters in Book One? Who are the drifters and how are they described?

2. In Book Two, the language surrounding Isaac's narrative begins to transition. What purpose does this transition serve?

3. What happens when Billy Poe is officially arrested for murder in Book Two?

4. How does the theme of fatalism apply to Grace and Billy Poe in Book One?

5. The theme of fatalism plays a large part in American Rust. How does fatalism apply to the murder of Otto?

6. What importance does the setting of American Rust play in the story?

7. What takes place in Grace Poe's narrative in Book Two?

8. What internal conflicts does Poe face in the beginning of Book Two?

9. How is the character of Billy Poe described in Book One? What are his circumstances in the beginning of the novel?

10. What does Poe reveal to Lee about the murder in Book Two? How does she respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the narrative style of American Rust. Is the story related in the present tense or past tense? Is the narrator involved in the action of the story? Is the narrative perspective omniscient or limited? What are the effects of each of these choices?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the setting of the Fayette prison in the novel. How do the rules and morals within the prison differ from those in the outside world? How do Poe's experiences in the prison change him? Who are the major characters introduced at Fayette prison?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the language style of the novel. How would you describe the author's approach to dialogue? In what ways does the language style of the novel reflect upon its characters and themes? What are some examples of literary devices used throughout the narrative?

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