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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. What color dress does Ballard buy?
2. As Ballard busies himself in the woods, who does he imagine speaking to?
3. What food does Ballard buy in the general store on the other side of the mountain?
4. What does Ballard wear around his feet on his mountain trek?
5. Who comes to Ballard's shack the day after he finds the dead girl?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Ballard react to Ralph's daughter's rejection of his advances?
2. How do the police catch Kirby selling jars of whiskey?
3. Describe Ballard's appearance at the end of this section.
4. Why does Ballard go to Blount County?
5. How is Ballard spooked by his own footprints?
6. How were the White Caps run out of Sevier?
7. What does Ballard do on his trip into town?
8. What crime problem is the Sheriff facing in this section?
9. What does Ballard find in the running car on the side of the road?
10. Describe the story Fate tells about the 1899 hanging.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Lester Ballard's interaction with animals is in many ways a reflection of his interaction with human beings. Write an essay about his individual meetings with animals and how they coincide with later meetings with people (his trailing his gun on a cat as he does Greer, his accidentally killing the cow as he thoughtlessly assaults the Sleeping Woman). From these individual meetings, develop a thesis about his development - or lack thereof - of relationships.
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay about the character of Greer and his tenuous relationship with Ballard. Divide the essay into two parts. The first should focus on Greer's actually relationship with Ballard, confined primarily to one meeting on the street. The second and more extensive portion should consist of Ballard's private delusional feud with him How does this culminate? How much do we actually know about Ballard's nemesis?
Essay Topic 3
Cormac McCarthy is widely renowned for his evocative descriptions of the power of nature. His work seems to invoke a cruel God that allows human beings to hurt each other and then punishes them with the elements. Write an essay about two of the major natural events in the novel and how they coincide with the personal evil of Lester Ballard:
Part 1) How does the fire in Ballard's shack reflect the destruction of his soul within the context of his personal actions? Examine this event and the events surrounding it.
Part 2) How does the flood and torrential rain coincide with Ballard's complete degeneration into madness? Describe both the effects of the flood and the personal toll it takes on Ballard.
This section contains 994 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)