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 bar the narrator is at in Story 3?

2. Who is Alsatia?

3. What does the narrator's "new companion" in Story 2 want from the narrator?

4. What is the weather like throughout Story 1?

5. What does the Salesman hit with his car causing a severe accident in Story 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. Discuss the scene where the narrator and his friends meet their new companion in Story 2.

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

9. Where does the narrator of Story 3 receive money from?

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

Analyze and discuss the theme of the need for and the value of human contact. Which character from Jesus' Son does this theme encompass the most?

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

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.

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