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 does Toadvine tell Glanton so they can join the gang?

2. In whose company does the sergeant serve?

3. What does the Kid offer the tavern owner in exchange for a drink?

4. Where does the gang go to to get clean?

5. What rank is the soldier?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the gang's journey toward Texas.

2. Who wants to join the gang in Chapter 17?

3. How do the cattlemen help out the Kid?

4. What does the company find at the hut?

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

6. What happens to the boy's puppies?

7. Describe the Kentuckian soldier.

8. How do Toadvine and the Kid escape the Indians?

9. How does the gang get to the town of Jesus Maria?

10. How do Glanton and his gang use the ferry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

McCarthy has lived in Texas and Mexico, adhering to the rule that writers should always write about what they know. Do you think it is obvious that McCarthy knows his subject? What difference do you think it makes to the story? Are there any moments where you think McCarthy does not portray a character or setting so well?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the novel's chronological setting.

1) What were the main concerns during the 1850s. How does McCarthy express these concerns?

2) In what ways do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's society?

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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