Coming Through Slaughter 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. When Robin flicks ice cream at Buddy's face, he answers with a jug of _____.

2. Where does Buddy play "Cakewalking Babies"?

3. What does Cornish know about Nora's romantic life?

4. Who is Nora's primary target when attacking Buddy and Pickett?

5. How does Bellocq try to get Webb to leave?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the fight between Buddy and Pickett start?

2. What happens to Buddy's view of the women in his life at the end of Chapter 2? Why does this happen?

3. How do Jaelin and Buddy approach Buddy's affair with Robin similarly?

4. How does Buddy feel about John Robichaux?

5. What analogy does Buddy use to describe Webb's intervention?

6. Is Bellocq unstable?

7. What is the image of scrambling over barbed wire meant to portray?

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

9. How does Buddy feel about coming back home?

10. While photographing prostitutes, how involved is Bellocq in his work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Truth in "Coming Through Slaughter" is at times obscured by characters' egos and self-perception. Discuss what impact the reader's discovery of truth plays on the experience of the book and the characters.

Essay Topic 2

Buddy treads lightly with his friendships, yet destroys them simultaneously from either bad decisions of pure selfishness. Discuss the meaning of Buddy's friendships, what kind of friend he is, and his actions as a friend. Why is he so concerned? What is Buddy's most significant relationship? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Buddy is not prone to violence. In prison, he abstains from the destructive behaviors of his peers. However, he does fantasize about violence. Discuss Buddy in relation to violence. How does he approach it? Why does he abstain but fantasize?

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