Cities of the Plain 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. Which year does the book fast-forward to in the Epilogue?

2. What kind of area are the wild animals responsible for killing on the ranch found in Chapter 3?

3. How does John Grady travel after leaving his house for the last time in the book?

4. Who does John Grady ask to be Magdalena's godfather in the book?

5. Who helps John Grady paint the house he plans to share with Magdalena?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is John Grady's renovations on his new house described?

2. How is Billy's work with a family at the end of the book described?

3. Why does the blind man refuse John Grady's request that he be Magdalena's godfather?

4. How does John Grady describe Magdalena's escape plan to her?

5. How does John Grady discover that Magdalena has died?

6. How are Billy's actions described when he goes to the White Lake after Magdalena's death?

7. How are John Grady and Billy able to coerce their horses to go to the top of the mesa?

8. What is the nature of the information John Grady tells Billy just before he dies?

9. How is the dream of a stranger described to Billy in the epilogue?

10. How does Magdalena end up in a hospital?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the concept of compassion that is presented in the book. What can we learn about the nature of characters like Billy based on his consistent acts of compassion towards his friends, family and even strangers?

Essay Topic 2

The nature of reality is analyzed throughout the book and is the central theme presented by the author in the book. Part 1.) What elements does the author use to create a realistic portrayal of the characters in the book and the experiences they have, and are they successful? Part 2.) What personal details and emotions are we able to feel towards the characters based on the elements of reality used by the author? Part 3.) How does the author bring reality into perspective when Billy is given a second chance at the end of the book?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's portrayal of family in the book. What is the nature of the cowboys' experiences with their families compared to the family they create amongst one another? Do their poor experiences with their actual family intensify their bond with the men they live and work with?

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