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. With what has the tree been decorated?

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

3. How old is the Kid when he runs away?

4. What did the hermit used to be?

5. What is the name of the village where the gang heads next?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the man dies.

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

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

4. Describe the fight with the bear.

5. Describe the fight between the Indians and the gang.

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

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

8. In what way does Chapter 20 show a theme of evil?

9. How does Glanton decide who kills the injured men.

10. How does the kid get robbed?

Essay 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

Discuss McCarthy's life. In what way do you think his life and personality is reflected in the book? Note how his feelings about religion and philosophy enter his work.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the impact of good and evil within our culture. Have representations of good and evil had a negative impact on society? Does the division of good and evil make things seem simpler than what they are? Does McCarthy subvert any ideas of good and evil in Blood Meridian?

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