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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 1, who is Janice?

2. In Story 1, who runs a furniture store?

3. According to the narrator in Story 2, how long has he been friends with his two friends?

4. The narrator reveals in Story 2 that one of his friends got hurt while they were burglarizing a ________.

5. What does Jack Hotel and the narrator buy with their money in Story 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who encourages the narrator of Story 5 to work with him? What type of work do they perform? Explain.

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. At the end of Story 5, the narrator makes reference to his mother. Explain this reference and to whom is he referring to.

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. Is Richard the one who the narrator briefly describes as being injured and arrested during a burglary attempt? Explain.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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