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. On the cab ride back to Sarah's apartment, what does Starbuck do?

2. After their date, what happens to Sarah's and Starbuck's relationship?

3. What was Hapgood's default defense for people?

4. Why are the people of Vicuna leaving their planet?

5. Aside from his wives and girlfriends, who is the fourth woman Starbuck ever loved?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the red ribbon on Starbuck's suit cause trouble?

2. How is "tension" a major theme in the Prologue?

3. How did Starbuck meet his wife, Ruth? Why was the beginning of their relationship rocky?

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

5. What do we learn about Starbuck by his attitude towards the red ribbon?

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

7. Upon being released from prison, why does Starbuck stay at the Hotel Arapahoe?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how "The Sermon on the Mount" applies to "Jailbird."

Essay Topic 2

Throughout "Jailbird" events foreshadow others, weaving the story together by more than plot. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in "Jailbird" and the effect on the narrative.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how Starbuck's narrative voice reflects his mind and the effect on the reader's experience and understanding.

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