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. How did Starbuck meet Emil Larkin?

2. Larkin teases Starbuck about his lack of what?

3. Why was Sarah furious with Starbuck?

4. What were the repercussions for Starbuck's involvement in Watergate?

5. In prison, what did Larkin do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Starbuck's release from prison entering the new or returning to the old?

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

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

4. What ruins Sarah's and Starbuck's date? Why does she insist they leave?

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

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

7. What is being foreshadowed in the Prologue?

8. How did the Cuyahoga Massacre impact Starbuck?

9. With Sarah, is Starbuck loving or courteous?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Starbuck's soul is a frequent topic of discussion. Does Starbuck have a soul? If he does, what is its condition? As Mary Kathleen dies, she recognizes his lack of a soul and offers him some consolation. Discuss Starbuck's soul and morality in the context of himself and his surroundings.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the symbolism and statements made about socialism and capitalism in terms of humanity in "Jailbird."

Essay Topic 3

Interconnection is a prominent theme of "Jailbird." Discuss how Vonnegut connects characters and elements, what the purpose is, and the statement being made.

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