Jesus' Son: Stories 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. In Story 2, what color is the narrator's vehicle?

2. How does the narrator's "new companion" communicate in Story 2?

3. At the end of Story 1, what flutters close to the narrator's face?

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

5. What is Jack Hotels's real name?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Discuss the mini-theme of the randomness of existence as seen in Story 1.

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

4. In Story 2, what three stops does the narrator's new companion have the narrator make? What occurs at each of the three stops?

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

6. Define and discuss imagery which is found in Story 2.

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

8. Discuss the narrator's relationship with the three women in Story 5.

9. Discuss the mini-theme of the manifestation of nature a seen in 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

Show how a conventional or stereotyped character or characters found within Jesus' Son function to achieve the author's overall purpose of the book.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain how the theme of tension between desperation and compassion contributes to the meaning of Jesus' Son as a whole.

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