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. How is Sookie treated?

2. How are vampires becoming acceptable to humans?

3. What does Godfrey plan to do soon?

4. What do Sookie and Bill do when the meeting at Stan's is over?

5. What does Bill tell Sookie about his purchase?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sookie learn about Lafayette's death?

2. What does Sookie suggest about a leak in information and how does she deal with it?

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

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

5. What does Sookie get for her work the day after meeting with Stan?

6. Why is Sookie waiting at the airport in Dallas and at what Airlines is she waiting?

7. What do Sookie and a few co-workers think about Lafayette?

8. Who do Bill and Sookie think might have kidnapped Farrell?

9. Who accosts Sookie while she's waiting at the airport and how does she deal with him?

10. What does Sookie do for a living and what special ability does she have?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or technology that is not a part of the "real" world. In the case of Living Dead in Dallas, much of the setting is familiar to the reader, though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of Sookie's world that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in Sookie's world. Define the words as used in in Sookie's world and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

2. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of Living Dead in Dallas. Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in Living Dead in Dallas? What word(s)?

3. Were there any words you never really understood from Living Dead in Dallas? Which ones?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze one major theme of Living Dead in Dallas. Consider the following: How does one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Living Dead in Dallas. How does one character's actions portray the themes you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in Living Dead in Dallas? Which theme in Living Dead in Dallas speaks to you the most in your life? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Living Dead in Dallas is one book in a series of books about Sookie Stackhouse.

1. What are two advantages of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

2. What is a disadvantage of writing a series of novels about the same characters? Illustrate your statements with details from the text.

3. Do you prefer to read a standalone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

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