Handling Sin Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Malone
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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 Raleigh's job?

2. Who borrows Vera's car in Part 1, Chapter 9?

3. Where, ironically, do the items land that are tossed by Raleigh out of his car windows in Part 1, Chapter 8?

4. What physical characteristic best describes Mingo?

5. What, according to legend, may be buried near Raleigh's hometown on the property he sets out to buy in Part 1, Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Raleigh return home in wet, torn clothes after taking a walk in Part 1, Chapter 3? Explain the situation that also arises from the event.

2. After listening to the cassette tape, what delivery does Raleigh get from his father, and how does it arrive?

3. Why is Earley in the hospital at the beginning of the story, and how does he leave?

4. What is the misunderstanding that Raleigh's janitor has in Chapter 5?

5. What is Raleigh's relationship with Mingo, as the story begins in Chapter 1?

6. What is the importance of a cassette tape in Handling Sin?

7. Explain Raleigh's message of doom in Chapter 1.

8. Discuss Mingo and Vera's weight.

9. What is Raleigh's perspective of Pee Wee Jimson? What item representing Pee Wee does Raleigh's father want him to collect?

10. Explain the legend of Major General Goodrich Hays, C.S.A., and Raleigh's connection to it.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Raleigh was instructed to "collect" two people as part of his scavenger hunt. Who were they and what importance did they have?

Essay Topic 2

What interests and experiences of the author's own life might be drawn upon for inspiration in Handling Sin? Explain your answers, giving an overview of the author's life.

Essay Topic 3

What is the difference between conflict and crisis in a novel? How are they similar? Also, relate the differences and similarities specifically to Handling Sin.

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