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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 is the "new companion's" real name in Story 2?

2. How much money does Wayne and the narrator each receive for the scrap wire in Story 5?

3. According to the narrator in Story 1, why was he admitted to Seattle General Hospital some years later?

4. Where is the narrator at the beginning of Story 2?

5. The narrator states in Story 1 that by the sweet voices of the family inside the car, he knew ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Define the literary element of foreshadowing. How is this literary element used in Story 1?

2. What can the passive reaction of the trucker in Story 1 be seen as a metaphoric representation of?

3. How does the narrator and Dundun deal with the death of McInnes?

4. Who is Richard and Tom? Discuss the friendship the narrator has with these two men.

5. Who is Thatcher? What type of relationship does Thatcher have with the narrator?

6. Analyze the family who picks up the hitchhiking narrator in Story 1. What are some characteristics of this family?

7. What does the term "sacrifice" refer to when Wayne says, "It is my sacrifice" after the narrator offers to buy a round of beers at The Vine.

8. Discuss the drug abuse seen in Story 3.

9. Who is Wayne? Describe his relationship with the narrator in Story 5.

10. Describe Dundun's violence against Jack Hotel as described by the narrator in Story 4.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay in which you explain the religious allusion that predominates in Jesus' Son, and analyze how it enhances the book's overall meaning.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the significance of the three vehicles in Story 1: "Car Crash While Hitchhiking."

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the ending of Jesus' Son. Explain precisely how and why the ending appropriately or inappropriately concludes the book.

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