Deliverance 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 is Ed looking forward to while the men are discussing the canoe trip during lunch?

2. Who first suggests a white-water canoe trip?

3. Where does Ed tell Lewis he'll go if disaster strikes?

4. What memory does the sight of a red-and-white drive-in reawaken in Ed as he and Lewis drive past it?

5. The first day of the canoe trip, which canoe first experiences difficulties and ends up going sideways?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the canoe trip change Ed's attitude towards his work?

2. Years after the trip, why do Ed and Lewis remain friends even though the experience has affected them in different ways?

3. When no body has been found after he first day of dragging the river, why doesn't Ed return the next day when the search for the body will continue?

4. Preparing to kill their attacker, why does Ed think he may not be capable of actually killing another human being?

5. What's the significance of the owl hunting from Ed's tent the first night?

6. How does the group feel after getting through their first whitewater safely?

7. Why is Ed fascinated by the map at the luncheon before the canoe trip?

8. How do the police in Aintry verify the truth of the stories of the men?

9. After finding the body of the man he shot and realizing he might have shot the wrong man, how does Ed feel?

10. Why does Ed react badly when he goes to the hospital to talk to Lewis and sees patrol cars out front?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which event do you think is the one single event that reveals the theme of the story? There are several possibilities, but you are only allowed to choose one. Tell why you think the event you choose is the single most revealing event. Tell how the story changes if that event is eliminated.

Essay Topic 2

Ed Gentry, Lewis Medlock, Bobby Trippe, and Drew Ballinger are the four main characters in the book. They are alike in some ways, different in others.

1) Compare and contrast the characters of Ed and Lewis. How are they the same? How are they different? Tell why you think these differences exist.

2) What do you think would happen if Bobby Trippe and Drew Ballinger had not existed? Would the story still follow much the same path? What might be different if one or the other of these two men had not existed? Explain your answer.

3) Who is the better leader, Lewis or Ed? Why do you think this? Cite specific incidents from the story to support your case.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following options to write about:

1) Throughout the book, contrasts are made between the suburban lifestyle of the four main characters and the lifestyle of the inhabitants of the rural South where the trip takes place. Compare and contrast these two lifestyles as described in the book. Tell why you think the author chose these two groups to portray in his novel.

2) Discuss James Dickey's choice of the rural South as a setting for his novel. Tell what you think led him to choose this setting. Explain why and how his choice of place works well for this story or why you think it does not. Imagine the story with a different setting. Tell how that different setting might change the outcome of the story.

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