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. Israel Edel now works for ________.

2. Where does Starbuck's son work?

3. Starbuck sees the Cuyahoga Massacre as a _______.

4. What was the result of the Cuyahoga Massacre?

5. Where does one Vicuna soul consider going?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do we learn about Starbuck by his attitude towards the red ribbon?

3. How did the Cuyahoga Massacre impact Starbuck?

4. With Sarah, is Starbuck loving or courteous?

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

6. After receiving the fan letter, why did Vonnegut feel he didn't need to write this or other books?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout "Jailbird" events foreshadow others, weaving the story together by more than plot. Discuss the use of foreshadowing in "Jailbird" and the effect on the narrative.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss what Ruth embodies for Starbuck. How does she affect Starbuck's experiences after her death? What is her overall purpose in "Jailbird"?

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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