In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison 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 does Abbott say men view each other as in American society?

2. What does Abbott consider Solzhenitsyn to be?

3. What does Abbott say he appreciates seeing on his cell window?

4. What kind of people does Abbott say the Vietnam Veterans killed?

5. What does Abbott think it would be more humane to do to a criminal who commits violent acts?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Abbot state are his reasons for taking heroin and marijuana?

2. What does Abbott say about American justice?

3. What does Abbott say about Stendhal's novel, THE RED AND THE BLACK?

4. What was the third racist incident Abbott experienced during his time away from prison?

5. What does Communist philosophy say about prejudice?

6. Why does Abbott consider Alexander Solzhenitsyn a traitor?

7. What does Abbott say about Communist revolution?

8. Why does Abbott say he admires Russia?

9. How did Blackie try to expose the prison system?

10. What is Abbott's opinion of American society?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what could it be said that Abbott is institutionalized? What diffferent view does this give Abbott on life? What do you think society could from Abbott's views?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the author's writing style. How would you describe the author's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? What meaning does the author's style give to the story?

Essay Topic 3

What was Abbott's upbringing? How much was it responsible for his incarceration?

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