Bless the Beasts and Children 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 city does Cotton suggest they hitchhike back to to steal another car?

2. Which of Cotton's family members watches him die in his dream?

3. What sin did Lally One commit, causing Cotton to scold him?

4. What did Lally One do in retaliation for Cotton's scolding?

5. When the Bedwetters are approached by two bullies who ask why the boys are awake so late, what does Shecker say?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the boys finally fall apart, threatening to quit the quest and return to camp?

2. Who takes control, and how, when the bullies discover the boys are driving a stolen vehicle?

3. What is "the bump"?

4. Why did Lally Two want to leave camp?

5. How did Teft save the boys from the abuse of their camp counselor, Wheatie?

6. What happened at the Petrified Forest on the day before Cotton had his alarming dream?

7. Why are Lally One and Shecker left behind during the drive toward the quest?

8. How do the boys respond when they are first harassed by the bullies at the bowling alley?

9. What unusual supplies do Lally One and Goodenow pack for their dangerous mission?

10. Where did the boys finally find Lally Two?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the opening of the novel, each of the Bedwetters has their own unique hat which is used to personalize their camp uniform. First, describe the Box Canyon camp uniform in detail. Then, choose three of the Bedwetters and describe their unique headwear. What clues into the characters' personalities can be found in their headwear? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the act of "bumping" in the novel. Where was this action first learned? How did it affect the Bedwetters as a group? Choose one situation in which the bump was used, and explain its outcome. What other groups of men use physical contact like this to come together? What parallels can be formed through this comparison? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Many of the Bedwetters suffer from debilitating mental illness or disturbances. Choose two of the Bedwetters and describe their mental struggles throughout the novel. Where did these mental disturbances come from? How were these Bedwetters able to overcome their troubles to function as valuable members of their gang? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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