Coyote Blue Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Christopher Moore
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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 name is Sam known by in Crow Country?

2. Who does Cochran's secretary tell him is waiting in his office in the chapter titled "Five Faces of Coyote Blue?"

3. Who was Sam's first mentor?

4. When he goes to a party in 1973, which girl does Sam lust after ?

5. Where does Sam talk to Coyote after Nina and Yiffer return home and Grubb wakes up crying?

Short Essay Questions

1. What convinces Sam that Calliope is not part of Old Man Coyote's plan?

2. Why is Aaron angry at Sam concerning Sam's meeting with Cable and Cochran?

3. Why does Adeline say she is getting bad medicine from being Crow in the chapter titled, "Five Faces of Coyote Blue?"

4. What does Pokey's initial interpretation of Sam's dream of Lloyd Commerce lead him to do with Sam?

5. What reason does Pokey give Sam when Sam asks him why he keeps the medicine bag Old Man Coyote gave him which causes him to drink?

6. While they are having sex in her apartment, why does Calliope tell Sam to ignore the slamming door from downstairs?

7. Why does Old Man Coyote send Pokey back to his body?

8. According to Coyote's story, why do the Crow Indians use sweat lodges as part of their religious traditions?

9. Why does Pokey worry that Sam may have seen Old Man Coyote in his dream at the fasting place?

10. Why does Sam have a hard time following Calliope's conversation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is the theme of chaos and order demonstrated in Coyote Blue? In what direction does Coyote seem to be taking Sam's life, toward chaos or toward order?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of magic and heritage in Coyote Blue. Which characters embrace the heritage of the Crow Indian? Which characters reject it? Which characters seem to change their opinion by the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss characters as shape-shifters in Coyote Blue. Which characters can literally shift? Which characters shift metaphorically?

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