Jailbird 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. McCone's father was a ______.

2. What is Starbuck waiting for in the prison yard?

3. What was Starbuck's relationship with Nixon?

4. In college, how did Starbuck meet Clewes?

5. Mr. Arpad Leen is described as ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. Is "The Sermon on the Mount" a reasonable defense for Sacco and Vanzetti? Why or why not?

2. How is Fender's story of Vicuna a metaphor?

3. Why did Starbuck agree to be McCone's protégé?

4. How did Starbuck become involved in the Watergate Scandal?

5. How did Starbuck come to be a millionaire? Why isn't he anymore?

6. How is "a rich man's trash can" a symbol for Starbuck?

7. Did Ruth's prophesy about her son come true? What is the nature of Starbuck and Ruth's son?

8. Why does Starbuck cry in the cab home?

9. Why is Starbuck a socialist?

10. What are the degrees of separation between Sarah Wyatt and Mary Kathleen O'Looney in Chapter 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how "Jailbird" comments on the falsehood of personalities and why people paint themselves as they do.

Essay Topic 2

Real historical events are what drive the story and define the characters of "Jailbird." Discuss the force of reality on this fictional story.

Essay Topic 3

Starbuck, even after spending years in prison, continues to commit crime. Discuss Starbuck's decisions. Why does he do what he does? What does he think will happen?

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