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. How many soldiers have survived the attack?

2. What do Sproule and the Kid find at the rim rock?

3. Where is the next place the Kid arrives?

4. How long does the gang ride at night?

5. Where is the gang invited to dinner?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is in the old presido?

2. What is the business of the Glanton gang?

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

4. How does the Kid get the whiskey?

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

6. Describe the Kid's early life.

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

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

9. What do the prisoners see when they are let out of their cells?

10. Describe the fight with the bear.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the main themes of the story. Why do you think these themes are so important to the story? How does McCarthy use character and setting to express these themes?

Essay Topic 2

Pick a character from the novel and discuss his goals and motives. Does he achieve his motives? Why? Does he share similar goals and motives with other characters? Do his goals clash with other characters? How do the characters' goals and motives affect their interaction with each other?

Essay Topic 3

Look at the racism portrayed in Blood Meridian. Do you think it stops just at the African American or are people like the Kid wronged against? Is the Glanton gang's battles against the Indians and the Mexicans racially motivated? Why do you think the Glanton gang accepts Black Johnson even going so far as telling the proprietor he had the right to be served? Was racism mostly restricted to the middle and upper classes in the 19th century? If so, why was this the case?

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