Jesus' Son: Stories Test | Final 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 type of vehicle does the "second man" in Story 8 drive?

2. From whom did Bill receive two of his bullet wounds from?

3. In what year does Story 6 take place?

4. The narrator indicates that the two men he sees at the hospital in Story 8 were brought together by common ________.

5. How long has the narrator been working at the hospital in Story 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relevance of picketers standing outside the abortion clinic in Story 7?

2. What does the final lines in Story 7 reveal about the narrator's view of Michelle's abortion?

3. What happens when the narrator goes to visit a pair of friends in Story 8?

4. Explain how the relationship between the Story 8 narrator and military wife at the bar reinforces the theme of the tension between desperation and compassion.

5. What is the irony behind the title of the story "Happy Hour"?

6. Who is the narrator searching for in Seattle in Story 9? What does he recall about this person?

7. What key point does the narrator make between the intimacy between men and women in Story 7?

8. In what way is the large horse pill the narrator receives in Story 9 a prize for the narrator?

9. Discuss the irony behind Bill seeing the victims of a car crash as "just meat."

10. Discuss the relevance of the baby rabbits to Story 6.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the significance and affect of the narrator being without a name. How does this characteristic contribute to the overall message of Jesus' Son?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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