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 recruits does the Kid go into town with?

2. Who does the Kid meet in jail?

3. What is Toadvine missing?

4. Where is the next place the Kid arrives?

5. Who does the Judge take away with him on his horse?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is in the old presido?

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

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

7. What is the business of the Glanton gang?

8. How does Toadvine persuade Glanton to let him, the Kid and the Kentuckian soldier to join?

9. Describe the fight with the bear.

10. Describe the fight between the two Johnsons.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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