Blood Rites Test | Final Test - Hard

Jim Butcher
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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. Who are Madge and Trixie?

2. Who does Harry call?

3. What does Lara tell her father?

4. Where is Trixie shot?

5. Where is Emma shot?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Harry and Murphy figure out about the curse and Genosa?

2. What does Bob tell Harry about the people in the shelter?

3. What does Trixie do with the gun she is carrying?

4. How can Lara find Thomas and what shocks Harry about that?

5. What did Harry's mother do to Raith and what is Raith's response?

6. How does Harry kill off all the vampires and their servants?

7. How does Emma get killed and what does Harry do right after she is killed?

8. How is Trixie killed?

9. Who shows up when Harry and Bob are talking and why?

10. Where and with whom, does Harry go and what does he do when they first arrive there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by Blood Rites. Questions that Butcher most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Butcher's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Butcher's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Butcher and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Blood Rites, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Blood Rites. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Jim Butcher.

2. What in Butcher's background may have helped him in writing Blood Rites? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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