Bless the Beasts and Children Test | Final 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 were the Bedwetters treated by the rest of the camp after they successfully stole all five trophies?

2. Who took the Bedwetters to the buffalo reserve?

3. Who do the Bedwetters imagine seeing them as they herd the buffalo toward the final fence?

4. Which of the Bedwetters had a Bar Mitzvah before coming to summer camp?

5. Which of Teft's relatives owned a pet piranha?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Bedwetters find themselves present at a buffalo hunting event?

2. What is the Bedwetters' plan to free the buffalo?

3. Why weren't the Bedwetters given credit for their successful raid of the cabins?

4. What is so surprising about the final fence the Bedwetters encounter at the south end of the buffalo reserve?

5. How did the Bedwetters finally win the Apache buffalo head?

6. What story does Teft tell about his cousin and the piranha?

7. What was Wheaties reaction to the buffalo hunt?

8. What is Teft's criminal past?

9. Why had the buffalo hunt been arranged, and by whom?

10. How has the herd of buffalo changed from night to morning?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Swarthout define manhood in the novel? First, describe the definitions of manhood present in Box Canyon Boys' Camp. How does one act like a man in this setting? Then, compare / contrast that to the definition of manhood the Bedwetters have. Which definition do you think is closer to Swarthout's as the author? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

This novel is rife with references to pop culture that are now dated. List at least ten references to pop culture that are present in the novel and explain what they add to the narration. Then, describe whether these references add to or detract from your reading experience as a member of a "modern" audience. Do you think the book would be better off without the pop culture? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

The landscape of Arizona acts almost as its own character in the novel. First, describe the Arizona landscape as it is represented in the novel? In what ways does the landscape affect the plot and themes of "Bless the Beasts and Children"? In your opinion, could this novel have taken place in any other setting? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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