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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. Which of the following is not a location considered by the government for the quarantine location

2. What does the doctor step on on his way to the lavatory?

3. Why do the other people waiting in the Doctor's surgery grow irate?

4. Who pick's up the spade from the soldiers?

5. What has run out by the end of the chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Man with the Eye-Patch describe the state of the outside world?

2. How does the First Man compose himself in the Doctor's office?

3. By this point, is the dispersal of food effectively organized by Chapter 7?

4. Describe the Man with the Eye-Patch.

5. Does the Doctor give up on the case of blindness in the First Man?

6. What services will the government offer the quarantined inmates, according to the announcement?

7. How are conditions in quarantine affected as more inmates arrive throughout Chapter 5?

8. What is the Thief's reaction to the suggestion that the Doctor be leader of the quarantined inmates?

9. Does the First Man trust the man who comes to his aid after he goes blind?

10. What bit of knowledge does the Thief reveal to the Doctor's Wife on the night of his death? What will he do with this knowledge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several objects have major effects on the outcome of events in quarantine. Write a body paragraph about each of these objects: initial impressions upon its first appearance in the narrative, conjecture about its possible use by characters, and eventual function within the story:

Part 1) The gun

Part 2) The scissors

Part 3) The lighter

Essay Topic 2

Jose Saramago's narrative voice is unique in its familiarity with the reader and its presentation of the story in a colloquial, conversational format, one that forgoes many of the standards of traditional novel writing:

Part 1) Discuss the effect of Saramago's frequent use of the first person plural - we - to engage the reader as a confidante of sorts. How does this alter the traditional relationship between the third-person omniscient narrator and the reader?

Part 2) Examine Saramago's frequent usage of hypothetical situations - such as that of the Chronicler walking out among the desperate hordes of the other wards - and allusion to proverbs. What purpose do these devices serve in the narrator's dissection of events?

Part 3) Why do you believe that Saramago uses no quotation marks and generally embeds his dialogue into large paragraphs rather than breaking it up?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of violence in the novel. Is it seen as a purely evil force, or is its function in the novel more ambiguous? Why is it presented in such graphic detail? Write about each of the following violent episodes:

1. The gang-rape of the first ward women by the Thugs.

2. The murder of the Leader of the Thugs by the Doctor's Wife.

3. The burning down of the asylum.

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