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 Sproule attacked by in the night?

2. How many days later do the three men ride out with the Glanton gang?

3. What is Toadvine missing?

4. What possession of the Kid's does the Sergeant sell?

5. What is the name of the group of men?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Judge help the gang massacre the Indians?

2. Why does the Kid join the army?

3. What problems does the company face from the very beginning?

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

5. Why does the Captain want to fight the Mexicans?

6. What does the Judge do with the dead Indian?

7. Describe how the soldiers walk into the Indian attack.

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

9. Describe the Kentuckian soldier.

10. What horrors do Sproule and the Kid see on their walk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Blood Meridian is a popular book which has greatly influenced modern literature. Choose a book written after Blood Meridian that you think was influenced by the novel and discuss their similarities in terms of:

a) plot

b) character

c) themes

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

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?

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