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. Which character decides to stay with the Judge?

2. What does the gang ask for from the doctor in exchange for their protecting him?

3. Who saves the side show man's brother from drowning?

4. Where is the doctor headed before he takes over the ferry?

5. What causes Tobin and the Kid to travel slowly?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe how Elrod gets killed.

4. Summarize the novel.

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

6. The gang tries to convince the doctor of what?

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

8. How does Glanton decide who kills the injured men.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Blood Meridian is written in the third person.

1) Why do you think McCarthy chose to write the story in the third person? How do you think the meaning of the story would have changed if it were written in the first person?

2)Choose a character from the novel and discuss how the story would be different if he were the narrator?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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