Jailbird Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the harp salesman calculating doing as he talks to Starbuck?

2. What is Starbuck looking for as he wanders through the city?

3. What does Mary Kathleen carry in her plastic bags?

4. Why does Starbuck start to cry when seeing Mary Kathleen?

5. What did Starbuck take from Mary Kathleen's belongings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Starbuck discusses he has only loved four women in his life. Those women are Sarah, Mary Kathleen, Ruth, and his mother. Discuss how Starbuck loves. What is his impact on those people, and what is their influence over him?

Essay Topic 3

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 ?

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