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. Where does the gang go to to get clean?

2. How long does the fire last?

3. What is Toadvine missing?

4. What rank is the soldier?

5. Whose home does the kid happen upon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Kid's time in town with the other recruits.

2. How do the cattlemen help out the Kid?

3. Describe the Kentuckian soldier.

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

5. What does the sergeant want from the Kid?

6. How does the Kid get the whiskey?

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 two Johnsons.

9. Describe the landscape in this chapter.

10. Describe the Kid's early life.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine how much the Kid's upbringing was responsible for the person he became? What did he learn from his parents that made him into the person he became? How much did his father's blaming him for his mother's death affect him? Did it make him become a cold person? Would things have been any different if had met less violent people on his travels?

Essay Topic 2

Blood Meridian is part of the Western genre.

1) What are the conventions of the Western genre in terms of character, language and plot?

2) In what way has Blood Meridian helped to set the template for similar novels? Do modern novels still use the ideas used in Blood Meridian?

Essay Topic 3

The novel is set mostly in Texas.

1) What meaning does Texas bring to the novel? What would you automatically presume about a novel that was set in Texas?

2) How different do you think today's Texas is to the Texas in the novel? How do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's Texas?

3) How do you think the Texas settings of the novel contribute to the novel's violent tone?

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