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. Who leaves the limo?

2. In the letter Vonnegut receives, it reads: "_____ may fail."

3. In prison, what did Larkin do?

4. In the letter Vonnegut receives, it reads: "_______ will prevail."

5. What is Starbuck's relationship with his prison guard?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Starbuck cry in the cab home?

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

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

8. What are the degrees of separation between Sarah Wyatt and Mary Kathleen O'Looney in Chapter 9?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Real historical events are what drive the story and define the characters of "Jailbird." Discuss the force of reality on this fictional story.

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