The Great Santini 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. Why does the barber give the boys a military buzz cut?

2. Who is Red Pettus?

3. Who throws a shot put at Bull?

4. Where is the family moving to?

5. When does Lillian say she will leave Bull?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Varney know about Bull that few others know?

2. Who is Arrabelle Smalls and why has she come to the Meecham home?

3. What does Mary Anne throw at Bull?

4. Who is Toomer? Why does Ben believe his mother encouraged him to go fishing with Toomer?

5. Why does Ben challenge Bull to a basketball game?

6. Who comes to Ben's aid after school when Red and his brothers attack him?

7. Why are the Meecham children less than enthusiastic about their father's return after a year's deployment?

8. What does Lillian claim is Bull's way of apologizing to Ben?

9. Why do both the Meecham children's mother and grandmother plead with the children to behave on the road trip to South Carolina?

10. How does Bull react when he loses the basketball game against Ben?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Lillian never leave Bull? Does Lillian love Bull? Does Lillian condone Bull's behavior toward her and the children? Is Lillian an abused wife? List some examples of this abuse. Is Bull abusive toward the children? Why does Lillian not do more to protect her children? What does this say about Lillian's personality?

Essay Topic 2

Why is Toomer frightened after the rape of Sammy's girl? Why does Red Pettus and his brother use the rape as an excuse to go after Toomer? How does Toomer protect himself? Why does Red shoot Toomer? How does Red die? Why does Bull refuse to allow Ben to go to Toomer's aid? Why does Ben defy his father? What does Ben find when he arrives at Toomer's? How does this change Bull and Ben's relationship?

Essay Topic 3

What is Bull's job in Ravenel? Why is Bull excited about this new job? What could this job mean for Bull's future? Why does Bull not like his commander, Varney? Who is Varney? What is Varney's relationship with Bull? How could Varney harm Bull's career? Would Varney ruin Bull's career? Why?

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