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. What does Bill do when he returns?

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

3. What is a maenad?

4. Who tells Sookie how her life was saved?

5. What was Lafayette doing the last time Sookie saw him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Eric talk Sookie into and what does she see Bill doing? How does she react to Bill's behavior?

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

3. How does Sookie get away from the church and what does Sarah do about it?

4. How are Hugo and Isabel punished?

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

6. Where does Eric want Sookie to go and what are her conditions to agree?

7. In what form does Sam arrive at the sex club and who is with him?

8. Who do Sookie and Eric see at the sex club and why are they surprised?

9. What has happened recently in the world concerning vampires?

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

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Sookie Stackhouse is no exception. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Sookie demonstrates her special abilities. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Sookie's character flaws offering specific examples of these flaws in your discussion.

3. Discuss how you think Sookie's admirable traits makes her popular and able to help with many problems of her friends. Have her flaws impacted her life? Do any of her friends notice these flaws? Who? How does the reader know this?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of manipulation and power in Living Dead in Dallas. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with manipulation and power? Why? What are some symbols of manipulation and power? Symbols of powerlessness? What characters seem powerless?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of sacrifice in Living Dead in Dallas. Which characters are willing to sacrifice for the greater good? Why? Which characters seem self centered? Why? Why do you think Godfrey sacrifices himself?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death. How does the world of Living Dead in Dallas seem to view death? Who tries to avoid killing? Who seems to kill for frivolous reasons? Who seems to enjoy killing? Who seems afraid of dying? Not afraid? Who meets death gracefully? In resignation? With joy? With fear?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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