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 of the boys becomes disrespectful?

2. Which of the characters does not want to stop at the old mission?

3. What do the women want to do with the side show's brother?

4. What does Glanton's horse bite?

5. Which of the characters scalps the dead?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Kid do after he recovers from his wound?

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

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

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

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

6. In what way does Chapter 20 show a theme of evil?

7. In Chapter 21 how do the Kid and Tobin recover?

8. What happens between Glanton and the Indians in Chapter 16?

9. How does the book end?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the characters of the Kid and Judge Holden.

1) In what way are their morals different?

2) What is their relationship to each other?

3) Why is it significant that the Judge kills the Kid at the end?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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