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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. In Story 5, whose ex-girlfriend did the narrator end up marrying?

2. Who does the narrator believe is coming to shoot his left leg off in Story 2?

3. What type of weapon is the narrator carrying on him in Story 2?

4. According to the narrator of Story 3, at ________ some of the most terrible things happen to him.

5. About how old does the narrator guess the sleeping baby in the backseat of the family's vehicle to be in Story 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is McInnes? What has happened to him in Story 4?

2. Discuss the drug abuse seen in Story 3.

3. Show how and when the narrator's violent side is exposed in Story 2.

4. Discuss comical irony which is found in Story 2.

5. Describe The Vine as seen in Story 3.

6. Describe the three people the narrator first introduces to the reader at the beginning of Story 1. How does the narrator interact with these three people?

7. The most telling image is the one quoted in Story 1 that of the narrator being showered with human blood. What does being "showered with human blood" represent?

8. Discuss the mini-theme of the manifestation of nature a seen in Story 1.

9. Define the literary term of tone. What is the tone of Story 1?

10. Describe the character of Jack Hotel. Discuss the interaction he has with the narrator.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the narrator can be defined as a tragic figure. Explain how the suffering brought upon others by the narrator contributes to the tragic vision of the book as a whole.

Essay Topic 2

Select a moment or scene from Jesus' Son that you find especially memorable. Write an essay in which you identify the moment or scene, explain its relationship to the book, and analyze the reasons for its effectiveness.

Essay Topic 3

Present arguments for and against Jesus' Son's relevance for a person around the same age as the narrator living in 1973.

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