Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West 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 is the name of the main character?

2. What does the Kid's father use to bury his grief?

3. From what did the Judge once save the gang?

4. Whose voice does the Kid hear?

5. What would people give the prisoners?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Judge walk around the ruins of the village?

2. How does the Judge sort out the problem between the soldiers and Glanton when paying for the guns?

3. Describe The Kid's, Bathcat's and Toadvine's time in the cantina.

4. Why does Tobin admire the Judge?

5. Describe the Kid's time with the Hermit.

6. Describe the landscape in this chapter.

7. Where is the Kid taken when he is arrested?

8. How does the Kid get the whiskey?

9. What does the company find at the hut?

10. What do the Kid and Sproule find in the carreta?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

McCarthy has lived in Texas and Mexico, adhering to the rule that writers should always write about what they know. Do you think it is obvious that McCarthy knows his subject? What difference do you think it makes to the story? Are there any moments where you think McCarthy does not portray a character or setting so well?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the representation of Indians in the novel.

1) What Indian tribes are represented in the book. What are the histories of these tribes and in what way were they involved with the Mexican War.

2) Compare a historical account of an Indian tribe in the book with McCarthy's representations. Does he have a certain aim in mind for presenting the Indians as he or does he just want to represent it how it really was?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss whether you think this statement is true or false: "The violence in Blood Meridian is often unnecessary and serves little purpose." Use two examples from the novel to support your argument.

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