Coming Through Slaughter Test | Mid-Book 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. Where is Buddy on a boat?

2. When Webb and Buddy were first friends, Webb was ____.

3. What do the Brewitts do with Buddy when he arrives?

4. Webb is a ______, shaking, lecherous police detective.

5. Why do smart customers come to the barbershop early?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is thematically significant about Crawley's interview?

2. What kind of performer is Buddy?

3. Why does Buddy return to the Brewitts at the end of Chapter 1?

4. What is the effect of Ondaatje's sentence structures?

5. Why did Buddy and Webb's dynamic change?

6. Does Buddy know or care about how his actions affect people?

7. How does the narrative style reflect Buddy's music?

8. What about Buddy's disappearance is confusing for Nora?

9. Is Buddy crazy?

10. What does Buddy's world look like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator has an open fascination with Buddy. Discuss the effect the narrator's attitude toward Buddy has on the book.

Essay Topic 2

Buddy is concerned with not mimicking the failure of his musical ancestors but becoming greater than them. However, at the end, no one remembers him. Discuss the theme of the battle of generations in "Coming Through Slaughter."

Essay Topic 3

Buddy carries on two relationships in "Coming Through Slaughter." Both women are quite different, as are the relationships. However, there are a few circumstantial similarities. Discuss Buddy's relationship with women. How does he see them? How were these relationships toxic to him? How was he toxic to them? What is "romance" in Buddy's life?

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