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. How does Dude Botley describe Buddy?

2. Before Buddy disappeared, what happened to his band?

3. What's Buddy's biggest fear?

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

5. What has Webb found after interviewing everyone in Buddy's life?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Can Buddy trust people?

3. Is Buddy considerate of Jaelin's feelings? How does he approach Jaelin's emotions?

4. In his description of the fight with Pickett, how does Buddy interrupt himself?

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

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

7. At the end of Chapter 2, is a new crisis inevitable? Why?

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

9. In Chapter 2, how does Buddy act crazy?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Webb is Buddy's oldest friend and is the one responsible for finding him. Buddy and Webb as adults seem to be polar opposites. Discuss Webb and Buddy's friendship and what role Webb plays. Why is Webb the character for these events? What does he offer to the narrative?

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