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. Who does the Kid meet sitting around a campfire?

2. How many men named Jackson are there?

3. What rank is the soldier?

4. Who shoots the Indian leader?

5. What does the Kid's father use to bury his grief?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the gang's time in Carralitos.

3. How does the Kid find his donkey again?

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

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

6. Describe the Kid's early life.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does McCarthy use character and dialogue to drive the narrative.

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Away from the main character, examine the way McCarthy uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

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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