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 Sally feel about the food served at the restaurant where Tommy works?

2. What reason does Tommy give to the chef after declining to join him in getting drugs later in Chapter 8?

3. Based on the information that Al provides, who has been looking for Freddy since the night he disappeared?

4. What condition(s) do the men have in dealing with Harvey in Chapter 12?

5. How does the chef attempt to get rid of the drugs he has purchased when he realizes he is being chased in Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Harvey respond to the incident with Sally in Chapter 3?

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

3. What upsets Sally during his meeting with Danny in Chapter 13?

4. How does the coroner react to the body found in the Prologue?

5. As Tommy reflects in Chapter 10, what happened the last time he did a favor for Sally?

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

7. What questions does Tommy have about a van that is parked outside of his apartment in Chapter 20?

8. What mistake do the police officers make in Chapter 7 and why?

9. Who is Raymond Sullivan and what is his agenda in Chapter 5?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In a moment of weakness, Tommy has an affair with Stephanie while Cheryl is out of town.

1) Describe the events leading up to the affair and how Tommy initially tries to reject Stephanie.

2) Explain Tommy's situation at that point in the book, and how much it influenced Tommy's decision to have the affair.

3) Analyze what you think Bourdain was attempting to accomplish by having Tommy show this side of himself, and whether you think he was successful or not.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the drug use that takes place in Bone in the Throat by comparing the drug habits of the chef, Tommy, and Harvey. Provide several examples of the effect that drugs have on each character as well as the plot itself, how the characters choose to deal with their problems, and your analysis of the message Bourdain might be trying to deliver with this aspect of his story.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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