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. To where are Sookie and Bill driven from the hotel?

2. What is Hugo feeling while they are driving?

3. Who is Lafayette?

4. What is the name of the bellhop?

5. Who is Sarah Newlin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Sookie encounter inside the Fellowship Church?

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

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

4. What was the woman who hurt Sookie?

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

6. What does Sookie do when she wakes from her injuries and what is she told?

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

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

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

10. What does Sookie hear on the news while she waits for a car at the hotel? What does she think about the news?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Living Dead in Dallas is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Living Dead in Dallas and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Living Dead in Dallas is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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