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

2. According to the narrator in Story 8, where does the narrator meet the "second man"?

3. What animal does Georgie run over in Story 6?

4. Every time Bill thinks of his first bullet wound, what happens to him?

5. What is Georgie referring to when he says, "We killed the mother and saved the children"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Discuss the relationship between John Smith and Michelle.

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

5. 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.

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

7. What role does Terrence play in Story 6? How do the other characters in the story handle Terrence's situation?

8. Who does the term "other man" refer to in Story 8.

9. Briefly describe the "second man" in Story 8.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing the connection between Story 3: "Out on Bail" and Story 6: "Emergency."

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

Write an essay that explains the symbolic value of the broken brakes on the narrator's car, as referred to in Story 2: "Two Men" and Story 4: "Dundun." What actions, circumstances, and attitudes not only in those two stories but in the collection as a whole are represented?

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