Desolation Angels 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 does Jack like to invent?

2. Which of the following is NOT a mountain that Jack enjoys looking at and pondering?

3. What does Jack ask Cody to do about Raphael?

4. What does Jack call his friend Irwin?

5. How much does Pat's sack weigh?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mount Hozomeen become Jack's metaphor for The Void?

2. What does Jack take pity on the hipsters in Mexico for?

3. What is it that Jack desires, and yet fears above all?

4. Why is Jack not affected by the news stories going on around him when he is in Washington?

5. How does Jack feel about his reflection while he is in the woods in Washington?

6. What does Jack think about the men looking at a pornographic magazine?

7. What is the purest truth that Jack has learned from Buddha?

8. How does Jack feel about Irwin's proposed visit to Jack in Mexico?

9. Why is Jack so void of emotion as he leaves the cabin where he lived in all summer?

10. What does Jack observe in the streets while heading to his favorite jazz club?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pride and vanity are two basic and obvious themes in this book. What is the difference between the two, and where in the book do these themes appear?

Essay Topic 2

Solitude is something that Jack often sought throughout the book. Where did he find it? How did this solitude affect his character and his relationships with the other characters in the book?

Essay Topic 3

Nature and its power is a huge theme in this book. What are some of the main examples of this theme, and which character is most affected by it?

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