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. Where does the narrator say the "second man" from Story 8 is from?

2. Around 3:30am, a guy with a _______ in his ________ comes into the hospital in Story 6.

3. What motel is the narrator and Michelle staying at in Story 7?

4. What is Pig Alley?

5. According to the narrator in Story 8, ________ is Seattle's much favored sad jukebox song.

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the importance of Terrence's knife in Story 6.

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

3. 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.

4. Who is the only female in Story 7 that is given a name? Why is she the only one the narrator names?

5. Discuss the relationship between John Smith and Michelle.

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

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

8. Where does the action of the second part of Story 8 take place? Describe this location.

9. How is Georgie portrayed by the narrator in Story 6. How do the narrator and Georgie know each other?

10. How does Bill define him? What is his perspective on the world? Explain.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay in which you explore the issue of addiction and its influence as seen throughout the book Jesus' Son.

Essay Topic 3

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

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