Half of Paradise 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 Avery buy to drink on the way home?

2. How does Hunnicut say Lathrop has helped Winfield?

3. What does Winfield abandon April to find?

4. What are Terau and Avery waiting for?

5. What advice does Boudreaux give Broussard in this section?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hunnicut persuade Winfield to write a song for Lathrop's campaign?

2. Describe Wally's character?

3. How did April respond to drug therapy treatment?

4. What problems do Tereau and Avery get into as soon as LeBlanc and Gerard leave?

5. How does Winfield describe his family?

6. How do the men try to get at Rainack as they wait in the rain?

7. What happens to Gerard and LeBlanc?

8. Why is Boudreau so uncomfortable on his first shift at Bonham Shipping Company?

9. Why does Avery say he is running moonshine?

10. How is Winfield trying to change his life?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of James Lee Burke's previous books and contrast it with Half of Paradise in terms of the following;

1. Style.

2. Structure.

3. Themes.

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the book.

How does the author use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

Discuss elements of the narrative structure; Exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's themes?

Essay Topic 3

Compare Winfield's character to the person he was at the beginning of the book to the he is at the end.

1. What did Winfield hope to achieve at the beginning of the book?

2. What events changes Winfield ideas about life?

3. How has Winfield's character changed by the end of the book?

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