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. Kenneth Whistler was a popular _________.

2. What is significant about Trout's name?

3. What does Carter admire about di Sanza?

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

5. Israel Edel now works for ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the nature of Starbuck's relationship with Nixon?

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

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

4. What is the significance of "Kilgore Trout" being a pseudonym?

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

6. Is an event's existence or its meaning more important to Starbuck? How?

7. Why is Starbuck a socialist?

8. What does the arrival of the famous prisoner tie together?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how memory affects characters. Include the significance one's memories have on the individual and the individual's actions. How do the memories of one individual affect others?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss madness and psychosis in "Jailbird." How do people develop instability? How it is handled? What is Vonnegut's purpose for using psychosis in the larger narrative ?

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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