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. What kind of newspaper is The Cricket?

2. What does Buddy ask the Brewitts to do with his coat?

3. Buddy is good at his job because he is good at ________.

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

5. Before going to the Brewitts, what does Buddy do for two days?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Buddy crazy?

2. Why do smart customers come to Buddy early?

3. Who does Buddy care about more: Nora or Robin?

4. What kind of performer is Buddy?

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 Why does Ondaatje use the historical references of Bricktop Jackson, "One-Legged Duffy," Rich, Olivia the Oyster Dancer, and French Emma?

6. How did Buddy become obsessed with death?

7. Is Buddy predictable? How so?

8. What is Buddy's relationship with Nora like?

9. How does Webb feel about Buddy's music?

10. How do Buddy and Webb approach life differently?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Buddy's relationship with Robin is one of the most self-destructive he has. Through his relationship with Robin, his weaknesses and flaws are put on display. Discuss Buddy's relationship with Robin and what themes it draws from the book. How is Buddy a victim in this? How does he victimize? What role does this relationship play in interconnection? Is it the most significant relationship?

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

"Coming Through Slaughter" is an account of Buddy's slow decent into madness. Discuss Buddy's madness and why he became mad. What is his madness meant to say?

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