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. At the beginning of the prologue, "Kilgore Trout is ________."

2. What did Starbuck become involved with because of Sarah?

3. On the cab ride back to Sarah's apartment, what does Starbuck do?

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

5. McCone's father was a ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. With Sarah, is Starbuck loving or courteous?

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

3. How is Fender's story of Vicuna a metaphor?

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

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

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

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

8. Upon being released from prison, why does Starbuck stay at the Hotel Arapahoe?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss whose story "Jailbird" is telling.

Essay Topic 2

A majority of Starbuck's story in "Jailbird" is reflection on the past and how he came to be as he is in the present. Discuss Starbuck's retrospective point of view with him and his reality.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how "The Sermon on the Mount" applies to "Jailbird."

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