The Blue Hotel 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. Why do the men have trouble hearing each other outside?

2. Who is the man who accuses someone of cheating?

3. What do all four card players do at once?

4. What is the Swede doing in his room?

5. Who tells the Swede that the Swede has won?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the cowboy and the Easterner anticipate the fight as they stand in the cold?

2. How does the cowboy antagonize the Swede when he is ready to leave the hotel?

3. How does the cowboy show that he is still agitated by the fight and what is Scully's response toward him?

4. How do the characters remain in their stereotypical roles during and after the fight?

5. How does the author show that Scully has lost all reserves and control of his behavior after the Swede leaves?

6. What is the irony of the gambler's character?

7. How does the cowboy's anger exhibit during the fight and what does he yell?

8. What words mark the climax of the story?

9. How does Chapter 8 begin?

10. Describe the Swede's snide behavior as he leaves the hotel.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Antagonism takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of men in the 1800s when the men in the play are living their adult lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century men do not have?

Essay Topic 3

How does the Swede change over the course of the story? Why does the author make his character so volatile? Is there any significance to his ethnic and cultural background? Explain.

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