Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 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. What moves unusually slowly in the hospital, in Chapter 84?

2. What is the name of the Disney film the cinematographers go to create in Chapter 54?

3. The Chink tells Sissy in Chapter 110 to not confuse symmetry with what?

4. In Chapter 52, Julian gives Sissy a miniature village for Christmas. What kind of village is it?

5. What does Robbins write about that got sick of the publicity, in Chapter 72?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the whooping cranes represent symbolically in the text?

2. What confrontation takes place between Dr. Goldman and Dr. Robbins in Part Four, regarding Sissy?

3. What does Robbins (the author) assert happened to the power of women in civilization over time? How does he represent through Sissy's story?

4. What does the Chink tell Sissy of the role of women in religion in Part Four?

5. What is Robbins representing symbolically by the confrontations of Sissy in Part Five, with the Countess and Julian?

6. What does the Chink teach Sissy about nature in Part Four?

7. Why does the Chink refuse to help those around him find enlightenment, according to Sissy in Part Four?

8. What does The Chink express to Sissy that he realized about the Clock People waiting for the Eternity of Joy?

9. What does Sissy do after her return home to Julian in Part Five?

10. Who does the author reveal himself to be in the end of the novel? What is his objective in the plot?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the philosophies of the Clock People and the Chink in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. What does he impart regarding Eastern and Western thought?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the themes of order and disorder in nature and wisdom and self-enlightenment in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. What symbolism does the author use to reinforce these themes?

Essay Topic 3

Describe how the author uses the motif of Native American culture, religion, and mythology to illustrate his viewpoints on religion in the novel. What is Robbins' message of Native American culture?

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