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 answer when the man asks where they are from?

2. Who is the man's father?

3. Who does the Kid meet sitting around a campfire?

4. Why does the Kid have to slip away on foot?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the cattlemen help out the Kid?

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

3. How does the Kid get to Nacogdoches?

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

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

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

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

8. How does the Kid get the whiskey?

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

10. What bad luck does the Kid have at the end of the chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the characters of the Kid and Judge Holden.

1) In what way are their morals different?

2) What is their relationship to each other?

3) Why is it significant that the Judge kills the Kid at the end?

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

Examine the novel's violence.

1) Is the violence accurate to how it really was?

2) How did such an environment affect characters like the Kid? Did they become immune to the violence? How would someone like the Kid cope when he is back in normal society having seen so much death?

3) Does McCarthy representation of violence have a point to make about contemporary society?

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