Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West Test | Final 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 kills the man's horse?

2. Who does the Kid dream about?

3. What city does the Kid move to next?

4. What does the little boy offer to sell the Judge?

5. What flag does Glanton tie to the Mule's tail?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the confrontation between the Kid and the Judge in Chapter 22.

2. Describe how Elrod gets killed.

3. Describe the fight between the locals and the gang.

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

5. What happens to the gang's Indian scouts?

6. What does the Judge say to Tobin and the Kid?

7. Summarize the novel.

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

9. How does the Kid survive the snow and the soldiers' onslaught?

10. Describe the argument between the proprietor and Jackson in the diner.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 main themes in the novel are violence, good and evil, and religion. Take one of these themes and discuss how mcCarthy expresses them in the book? Why do you think these themes were important concerns in 1850s America?

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