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. How does Webb find Buddy's music?

2. At the end of Chapter 1, Buddy watches a woman chop _____.

3. Buddy remembers the first morning on the boat and seeing Robin half naked fetching _____.

4. Who does Buddy never want to see?

5. What does Buddy do with his last dollar?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Buddy and Webb have in common? In what ways do they approach life similarly?

3. How do Buddy and Webb approach life differently?

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

5. Why does Ondaatje use the historical references of Bricktop Jackson, "One-Legged Duffy," Rich, Olivia the Oyster Dancer, and French Emma?

6. Is Buddy predictable? How so?

7. Why do smart customers come to Buddy early?

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

9. What is the significance of Buddy's hands in Chapter 1?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Buddy is very concerned with his hands. He is terrified of loosing them but does little to take care of them. Discuss Buddy's preoccupation with his hands. What do they represent? What do they mean to him? What is the symbolism of this?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

"Coming Through Slaughter" is a work if fiction, but relies on historical figures. Discuss how Ondaatje uses history in his fiction. What is his intention? What does it add to the narrative? To what end is this tool?

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