Living Dead in Dallas Test | Mid-Book 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. For what is Sookie waiting at the airport?

2. Who is going to go with Sookie the next day?

3. How was the murder committed from question #76?

4. What does the founder of the Fellowship want of Hugo and Sookie?

5. What does Sookie feel after the event in question #25?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sookie find when she comes to work the day after her encounter with Andy?

2. What does Sookie's boss do when he learns of Sookie's injuries and what does he ask him to do?

3. What does Steve want Sookie to do at the church and where does Sarah take her?

4. What has Bill purchased recently and what does he tell Sookie about it? How does he feel about his suggestion?

5. Who does Sookie meet when the car is broken down and what does this person do?

6. Where is Sookie working and what happens when Andy comes there? What does Sookie do about Andy?

7. What was the woman who hurt Sookie?

8. To what hotel do Sookie and Bill go and what does Sookie realize about the bellboy?

9. What does Sookie see in Bethany's mind?

10. Who comes to Sookie's work, what do they do, and what does she recall?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Living Dead in Dallas based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Living Dead in Dallas is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that Living Dead in Dallas is a novel in a series changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Living Dead in Dallas, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Sookie Stackhouse is in some ways a larger-than-life heroine. Despite incredible odds, she usually comes out on top, in Living Dead in Dallas and in the others in the series. Discuss the following:

1. Does being a larger-than-life heroine or one with special abilities make that person less of a heroine? In other words, which is more admirable--a heroine who ultimately always "lands on her feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't always succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Sookie who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person. Illustrate your statements with examples from the text.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

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