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. Vonnegut describes Hapgood as a _______ figure.

2. Walter Starbuck is an ex-con, ex-capitalist, and ex-_________.

3. Before going to prison, what was Clewes destined to become?

4. Why was Ruth reserved about relationships?

5. Why was Sarah furious with Starbuck?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is the theme of interconnection displayed through Starbuck's narrative voice?

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

5. Why is Clewes not the prominent political figure he was on his way to becoming?

6. How prevalent is "identity" in the Prologue? Why and how is it used?

7. Why does Starbuck cry in the cab home?

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

9. With Sarah, is Starbuck loving or courteous?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Vonnegut discusses a fan letter in the prologue, which says "love may fail, but courtesy will prevail." Discuss how this works as a theme in the book and its angle on humanity and society in "Jailbird."

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the tool of RAMJAC and how this prominent corporation reflects Vonnegut's ideas about capitalism.

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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