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. On the road, how far away is the Bedwetters' exit after they scare away the bullies?

2. Why don't the Bedwetters steal a car from a motel, as they had originally planned to do?

3. What animal head acts as the trophy for Cotton's cabin?

4. Who does Cotton blame for the truck running out of gas?

5. Where do Lally Two's imaginary friends live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is "the bump"?

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

3. Why did Goodenow threaten to commit suicide over the summer?

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

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

6. What family troubles does Goodenow struggle with when he is not at camp?

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

8. Why did Lally One throw a temper tantrum and kill the animals in camp?

9. What mode of transportation do The Bedwetters use to leave camp, and how do they feel about this method of escape?

10. How does Cotton feel when he hears the gang fighting and blaming each other for their plan's failure?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the references to the Vietnam War present in the novel. At what times is the war mentioned? What symbolism can be found in the references to war, particularly the Vietnam War? Do you think the use of a historical event is an effective symbol to convey a message to the larger reading audience? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How does Swarthout use both the Bedwetters and the buffalo to represent the powerless in society? Based on these comparisons, what comments is Swarthout making about the way society treats the powerless? How is the annual buffalo hunt symbolic of the emotional turmoil the Bedwetters are experiencing? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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