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 part of the body does the arrow hit the Kid?

2. In what part of the body is Tobin shot?

3. What does the Kid go to the beach to do?

4. Who takes pity on Tobin and the Kid?

5. What time does Glanton come back from the Indian camp?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. On what do the Judge and the gang leaders agree?

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

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

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

7. What happens to the boy's puppies?

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

What comparisons can be drawn between Samuel Chamberlain's My Confession and Blood Meridian? Which is the more accurate account and why? Why does McCarty uses Chamberlain's novel as a reference point?

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