Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

George Saunders
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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 wrote Reveille in Washington, 1860–1865?

2. What does the narrator describe having happened to him on the day he and his wife plan to consummate their marriage in Chapter 1?

3. With whom is Mr. Randall perpetually in conversation?

4. How old was the narrator's bride in Chapter 1 when they married?

5. How did Roger Bevins III attempt suicide?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Abraham Lincoln's demeanor described in the Wartime Washington: The Civil War Letters of Isabelle Perkins excerpt in Chapter 7?

2. What are some examples of cited excerpts included in Chapters 3 and 4? What information do they relate?

3. How is Mr. Collier described in the novel?

4. How does Roger Bevins III describe Mrs. Abigail Blass in Chapter 26?

5. What story does Elise Traynor relate to Willie in Chapter 13?

6. What is the unnatural predilection that Roger Bevins III describes in Chapter 9?

7. How is the appearance of Roger Bevins III described in Chapter 9?

8. How are Mr. Randall and Mr. Twood described?

9. How is the appearance of the Reverend Everly Thomas described in Chapter 9?

10. Who is Flanders Quinn and how is he described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the character of Litzie in the novel. Why is Litzie's story related from another character? What are the details of Litzie's past? How does Litzie's character evolve in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the themes of loss and grief in Lincoln in the Bardo. How are these themes illustrated through character? What are symbols in the novel that reflect the themes of loss and grief?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the lives and deaths of Eddie and Betsy Baron in Lincoln in the Bardo. Where did Eddie and Betsy live when they were alive? What did they think of their circumstances? Why do they remain in the bardo?

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