Jailbird Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does the limo driver wear on his uniform?

2. Why is Fender, Starbuck's friend, in prison?

3. Walter Starbuck is an ex-con, ex-capitalist, and ex-_________.

4. How did Starbuck lose all his money?

5. Israel Edel now works for ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Starbuck cry when he sees Mary Kathleen?

2. How does Starbuck view his role in the universe?

3. Why does the harp salesman want to call the police on Starbuck?

4. What does Mary Kathleen personify? What is Vonnegut saying?

5. How does Starbuck's testimony reflect his life?

6. What does Starbuck's release from prison mark?

7. How does Leen feel about Mrs. Graham? How can you tell?

8. Why doesn't Mary Kathleen remember the bad things of Starbuck's life?

9. Were Mary Kathleen's dying wishes granted? How so?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how Starbuck forges his identity.

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

Discuss the tool of RAMJAC and how this prominent corporation reflects Vonnegut's ideas about capitalism.

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