Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley 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. In what year did the Wailers tour England the United States to promote "Catch a Fire"?

2. What caused Rita to wonder if Selassie was the True God?

3. What concert was Marley asked to do by two conflicting political sides in order to avoid civil war in Jamaica?

4. How did Bob's godmother offend the family?

5. Who were the two new additions to Marley's house in Chapter 12, "Coming In From the Cold"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Marley get in a bad situation which culminates with a shooting before the "Smile Jamaica" concert?

2. What did "Rude Boy" describe and why was it popular?

3. After Marley returned to Jamaica, how did the Wailers afford their recordings?

4. How did Marley disprove rumors that he would not be as good as he once was when he returned to Jamaica?

5. What did Marley dream of on September 10, 1964, and what did this seem to be related to?

6. Describe what happened at Island House in Chapter 14, "Who the Cap Fit".

7. What happened during the Wailers' tour in America to promote "Catch a Fire"?

8. How did Bob's godmother offend the family during Omeriah's wake, and what did this indicate?

9. How did Rita lead Bob to convert to Rastafarianism?

10. How did Marley's illness progress until his death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of music in this book? What events are driven by Bob's career in the music industry? How are people viewed based on their involvement in the music industry?

Essay Topic 2

Investigate "Catch a Fire" as a biography. How does it adhere to and differ from the typical biography? What changes could be made to mark it more clearly as a biography? What changes could be made to prevent critics from classifying the novel as a biography?

Essay Topic 3

How does Bob and Rita's relationship and marriage affect his life?

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