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. Who is Tim Bishop?

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

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

4. Where is the narrator at the beginning of Story 1?

5. Who was the naked woman flying over the river behind the boat in Story 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. While working with Wayne at the abandoned house, what is the narrator and Wayne distracted by? Who is this person?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Show how the author's manipulation of time contributes to the effectiveness of Jesus' Son as a whole.

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

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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