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. What is the name of the narrator's two friends in Story 2?

2. What is the minimum amount of years Jack Hotel could spend in jail for his crime?

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

4. Who does the narrator call "Nurse" in Story 5?

5. How far did the family promise to take the hitchhiking narrator?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the character of Dundun.

5. Discuss the drug abuse seen in Story 3.

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay discussing the significance of the books title, Jesus' Son. How is the title developed throughout the book? What literary devices does the author use to develop the title?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay in which you show how a character who appears briefly or not at all has a significant presence. Show how such character functions in the book. Discuss how the character affects action, theme, or the development of other characters.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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