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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. Why is Fender, Starbuck's friend, in prison?
2. What is significant about Trout's name?
3. How does Starbuck describe his son?
4. Where does Starbuck go with the limo?
5. Starbuck sees the Cuyahoga Massacre as a _______.
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Clewes not the prominent political figure he was on his way to becoming?
2. What is the significance of "Kilgore Trout" being a pseudonym?
3. How did Starbuck come to be a millionaire? Why isn't he anymore?
4. How is "tension" a major theme in the Prologue?
5. What was the nature of Starbuck's relationship with Nixon?
6. Is Starbuck's release from prison entering the new or returning to the old?
7. What effect do Starbuck's relationships have on him? What is he relationship with himself?
8. What is being foreshadowed in the Prologue?
9. How is Fender's story of Vicuna a metaphor?
10. Is "The Sermon on the Mount" a reasonable defense for Sacco and Vanzetti? Why or why not?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Discuss how "Jailbird" comments on the falsehood of personalities and why people paint themselves as they do.
Essay Topic 3
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."
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