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. To where does Mrs. Abigail Blass say she traveled repeatedly with her husband to visit his mother in Chapter 27?

2. What is Cynthia's last name?

3. What is described on the doorsteps of the building in the beginning of Chapter 33?

4. Who is cited as the author of With Lincoln in the White House?

5. Who is the wealthy man with several properties that Roger and Hans encounter in Chapter 38?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why do Mr. Bevins and Mr. Vollman set out seeking Abraham Lincoln in Chapter 36?

4. How does Roger Bevins III describe his suicide attempt in Chapter 9?

5. How does Hans Vollman describe his death in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the main setting of the bardo in the novel. How significant is the setting to the plot of the novel? What details of the setting are described by the author? What mood does this setting evoke?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the narrative style of Lincoln in the Bardo. Who are the principle narrators? Is their narrator related in first, second, or third-person perspective? What is the impact of having so many different narrators in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the character of Elson Farwell in the novel. Where was Farwell a slave? What are his thoughts on his experiences as a slave? Why does Elson remain in the bardo?

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