Bone in the Throat Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Anthony Bourdain
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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. How does Harvey respond to the offer presented to him in Chapter 12?

2. How does Tommy react to the chef's offer of drugs in Chapter 15?

3. What is happening to the chef in Chapter 15?

4. What does Sally break to prove his point before leaving in Chapter 2?

5. What does Harvey tell the chef at the end of Chapter 12?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the murder of Freddy described in Chapter 11?

2. How does Sally threaten Harvey in Chapter 2?

3. What happens with Tommy and the chef at the restaurant in Chapter 6?

4. How is the murdered body described in the Prologue?

5. How is Charlie Wagons introduced in Chapter 14 and what do he and Danny discuss?

6. What questions do Al and Harvey have when they meet in Chapter 17?

7. What phone call does Tommy get in Chapter 8 and how does he respond?

8. What is the description of Sally Wig and how is he related to Tommy Pagana?

9. What causes the chef to get help for his drug problem in Chapter 18 and how is it delayed?

10. What does Tommy say to Sally after Freddy is murdered and how does Skinny act as they are driving away?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The police's role in Bone in the Throat have been categorized as antagonistic by some observers.

1) Describe why the police are viewed as antagonistic, using three examples to support your analysis.

2) Explain which characters in particular are the most antagonistic and why.

3) Debate whether or not the police were intentionally designed to be antagonistic by Bourdain, or if their actions have been misinterpreted.

Essay Topic 2

Tommy's past becomes a valuable resource of information that provides a better understanding of the events in the story.

1) Analyze the significance of Tommy's background, highlighting the connection between his past, present, and future.

2) Describe Tommy's parents and their influence on his actions and decisions.

3) Explain Tommy's experience in attempting to do a favor for Sally when he was younger, and how it relates to the current favor he is asked to do in the book.

4) Describe how Tommy realized that there was more to life than being part of the mob, and which character was the most influential in that decision.

5) Analyze Bourdain's use of literary flashbacks and how they enhance Tommy's character and the plot in general.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the styles of Sally and Skinny in committing murder, using a number of examples from the book as a reference. In your comparison, include the difference in both characters' reputations and positions within the mob organization.

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